Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
Lycomorpha pholus (Drury, 1773)

Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Arctiinae
Identification: Body and wings bluish black. Tegulae and bases of forewing and hindwing yellowish orange.
Wing Span: 2.5-3.2 cm.
Life History: A day-flier, often seen on flowers such as goldenrod.
Flight: July-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Lichens.
Adult Food:
Range: Nova Scotia to North Carolina, west to South Dakota and Texas.
Management Needs:
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Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

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