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One of the lichen moths was flying by the river - Cisthene tenuifascia

One of the lichen moths was flying by the river - Cisthene tenuifascia
Santa Cruz River, Amado-Montosa Road, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
July 26, 2013
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One of the lichen moths was flying by the river - Cisthene tenuifascia One of the lichen moths was flying by the river - Cisthene tenuifascia

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"Schwarz's Lichen Moth"
This appears to be the distinctive AZ subspecies C. tenuifascia ssp. schwarziorum.

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8066 - Cisthene tenuifascia
Chris Schmidt confirms Cisthene tenuifascia for Arizona with C. subrufa restricted (in our area) to south Texas. This is just one more "straightening out" brought to light by the 2013 BugGuide Gathering in Arizona which has greatly enriched the photo archives for lepidoptera and many other insects (not to mention snakes and people). I've been building a list of corrections to be made at MPG.

 
Thanks for running this down.
I'll update the BugGuide pages when I get a chance.

Looks Like 8059 - Cisthene subrufa
(no rsvp, thanks)

 
tenuifascia ?
Hi Bob, I think this might be C. tenuifascia after reading Knowlton's 1967 revision. Seems that the two species are very close externally with subrufa tending to have a more brownish cast and being somewhat smaller. Also, although I haven't asked Bruce about this, subrufa doesn't appear on Moths of Southeastern Arizona which seems to mirror what Knowlton hinted at; subrufa from San Benito, Texas south into Mexico and tenuifascia from AZ south. Both species apparently exist in Vera Cruz, Mexico.

 
1967 paper vs. modern DNA?
Interesting, Randy. But I don't think we can ignore the DNA evidence. I'll try to get more information from Chris Schmidt regarding this problem. Thanks for making me aware of it.

 
It will be great if this can be sorted out.
BugGuide currently has tenuifascia from AZ, but also from Texas and Oklahoma! While it has subrufa only from Arizona. Looks like our collection is currently quite confused!

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