Striated Lichen Moth

You’d think there’d be pages and pages written on this glorious little orange and black fellow, but no: Wikipedia has three whole sentences on the striated lichen moth (Cisthene striata). They’re about 10mm long, and differentiated from a number of similarly patterned species by the light gray stripes on the forewings. The Peterson Field Guide to Moths says this moth presumably eats lichens, and that’s about all I can find to say about him (or her).

I found the immensely useful site gregsmoths.com while trying to identify this moth, and immediately bookmarked it. Someday, when I have millions of years of spare time and a light trap, I might try to photograph all the moths in Florida…in the meantime, Greg Hodge seems to have done it for me. Thank you, Greg!

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