Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Packard's Lichen Moth
Cisthene packardii (Grote, 1863)

Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Arctiinae
Identification: Very similar to Cisthene subjecta but slightly larger. Forewing gray; thin yellow costal border merges into rounded pink patch near apex. Another yellow line extends from base of forewing and ends in rectangular pink patch on inner margin. Patch at anal angle more rounded, yellow and pink (upper half yellow) than in C. subjecta.
Wing Span: 1.4-1.9 cm.
Life History:
Flight: May-September. Two broods in Missouri.
Caterpillar Hosts: Lichens.
Adult Food:
Range: New York to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas.
Management Needs:
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