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Species Cisthene conjuncta - White-streaked Lichen Moth - Hodges#8073

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Lithosiini (Lichen Moths)
Subtribe Cisthenina
Genus Cisthene
Species conjuncta (White-streaked Lichen Moth - Hodges#8073)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cisthene conjuncta (Barnes & McDunnough(1), 1913) (2)
Illice conjuncta Barnes & McDunnough, 1913
Phylogenetic sequence # 930190
The genus Cisthene includes 20 described species listed for America, north of Mexico. (3), (4)
Barnes & McDunnough (1913) listed the wingspan as 15 mm.
Similar in size and general pattern to a few other Cisthene species (e.g. packardii) but pale areas of FWs whitish. Head and thorax whitish, base of collar slightly pink; FWs dark gray with a squarish white spot on costa just beyond middle, and a broad white band along inner margin (or just offset from it by gray), thinly connected to a large rounded white spot on the rear margin and separated from the latter by a small dark gray patch. [Adapted from Barnes & McDunnogh (1913) original description and online specimen images.] Original description as Illice conjuncta is available online in the print references below.
Southern Texas.(5) Knowlton (1967) reportly examined a specimen from Kerrville.(3)
Holotype ♂ labeled San Benito, Texas, United States, (G. Dorner).
The adults are most common in March, July, and October.
Cisthene conjuncta was listed on the January 6, 2009 petition in the Federal Register, 74(3): 423 , to be considered for emergency listing as endangered. Result was Not Listed. However, this species is listed among Texas' "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (6)
See Also
Compare on the plates on Moth Photographers Group. (5)
Print References
Barnes, W. & J.H. McDunnough, 1913. Arctiadae. Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America. 2(3): 102, pl. 9, fig. 14.
Sexton, C., and H. McGuinness. 2017. Identification of lichen moths in the genus Cisthene in the central and eastern U.S. South. Lep. News (39(4):309-322.