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Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth

Lycomorpha pholus (Drury, 1773)

Tiger Moth Family Arctiidae, Subfamily


Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth - Lycomorpha pholus

Henryetta, Okmulgee Co., Oklahoma,
September 28, 2006 (Charles Schurch Lewallen)

Range: Southern Canada to Mexico

Flight Period: July-October

Larval Host Plants: lichens

Type Locality: New England, New York, Maryland, Virginia and 'Carolina'

Similar Species: There are five species of Lycomorpha in the U.S.

Texas Taxa:

Lycomorpha grotei 
Lycomorpha splendens 
Lycomorpha pholus 

Photo: Lycomorpha pholus - Ed Knudson

Possible Mimicry Complex: Elderberry Borer - Desmocerus palliatus - BugGuide.Net

Biography: Dru Drury - Wikipedia


Dyar, H.G. 1902. A list of the North American Lepidoptera and key to the literature of this order of insects. Smithsonian Institution. Government Printing Office. Bull. No. 52. xix + 723 pp.

Drury, D. 1773. Illustrations of Natural History; wherein are exhibited upwards of two hundred and forty figures of exotic insects according to their genera. London, Printed for the author and sold by B. White, Vol. 2, 90 pp. 220 figs., 50 pls.

Holland, W.J. 1903. The Moth Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Moths of North America. Doubleday, Page, & Co., N.Y. xxiv + 479 pp.

Packard, A.S. 1872. Report, Peabody Academy of Sciences 4: 84.

29 Mar 2007   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Lep Information