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Species Cisthene picta - Pictured Lichen Moth - Hodges#8075

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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 picta (Pictured Lichen Moth - Hodges#8075)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cisthene picta (Barnes & McDunnough(1), 1918)
Illice picta Barnes & McDunnough, 1918
Phylogenetic sequence # 930192
The genus Cisthene includes 20 described species listed for America, north of Mexico.(2)(3)
Pictured Lichen Moth is one of the two species in the genus which has a completely orange thorax, a character shared with Angel Lichen Moth. The basal streak is wide, straight edged, and broadly connected to a wide PM band. The PM band is perpendicular to the inner margin and is usually smoothly concave on both sides (Sexton & McGuinness, 2017.)

Apparently has a limited distribution mainly in the s. Great Plains. Documented from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and s.w. Missouri. There are a few records in s. Indiana which may represent the n.e. limit of the range or strays. A few recent records in Vermont are remarkable. The species seems not to be common anywhere.
Some specimens were collected in riparian woodland corridors within semiarid grasslands or shrublands.
In Texas and Oklahoma, adults have two flight periods, April-May and September-October (iNaturalist, MPG, BG records).
Previously confused with both Angel and Kentucky Lichen Moths.
See Also
Angel Lichen Moth - also has entirely orange thorax (including central disk) but is confined to riparian corridors in arid southwestern habitats. The PM band is oblique and nearly parallel to the outer FW margin. The ranges of the two species barely overlap in s.w. Texas.
Kentucky Lichen Moth - can look similar but has a dark thoracic disk. Ranges further east.
Print References
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.
Works Cited
1.James Halliday McDunnough (1877 -1962) A biographical obituary and bibliography
Douglas C. Ferguson . 1962. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 16(4): 209-228.
2.A Revision of the Species of Cisthene Known to Occur North of the Mexican Border (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae: Lithosiinae)
Carroll B. Knowlton. 1967. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 93(1): 41-100.
3.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
6.Butterflies of North America