Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Arkansas Moth: Painted Lichen (Hypoprepia fucosa)

Painted Lichen (Hypoprepia fucosa)
(Photo:  Marvin Smith on 6/2/09)

Painted Lichen Moth
(Hypoprepia fucosa)

Range: United States and southern Canada east of the Rockies.

Habitat: Wooded areas; adults are nocturnal and come to light.

Season: Adults fly from May to August in the north; perhaps most of the year in Florida.

Food: Larvae feed on lichen, algae, and moss on trees.

Life Cycle: overwinters as a larva.

Species information from BugGuide Species Page.

Other Links:

MPG Species Page
Moths of North Dakota
John Himmelman



Lisa at Greenbow said...

I like that hint of pink on those wings. I bet it is pretty with its wings extended. Great photo.

Shelly Cox said...

These are such lovely little moths. Too bad they have to be so tiny, because their coloring is spectacular. We see them frequently at our porch lights during the spring and summer. Beautiful picture!

Unknown said...

Now you have me wondering about our moths here in south Florida.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What a beauty Marvin. It seems as if you are going to be having a great season if it starts off like this. :)

Carol said...

Beautiful...I'll have to start looking for them. I didn't knew we had them in our area.

Lana Gramlich said...

Very lovely! How do you end up getting such great shots of so many different bugs, anyway? I can't get anywhere near them, typically. Keep up the great work!

Rambling Woods said...

That is a pretty moth. I plan to study the moths here this season. Well, I am going to try anyway... Michelle