Painted lichen moth, Hypoprepia fucosa Hüber (Erebidae)

By Ethan Litvin

Painted lichen moth, Hypoprepia fucosa Hüber. © 2012, C.C. Wirth.

The Painted Lichen Moth Hypoprepia fucosa Hüber (25-35 mm) has bright yellow and orange colors that warn predators of their toxic tissues. The spiny caterpillars are black with yellow broken lines and spot on the back. They are found in wooded habitats during the spring and summer months and feed on lichens; the winter months are spend buried in the soil. The nocturnal adults emerge in late May and early June and are commonly attracted to lights. This species is common across Virginia and is found throughout eastern North America from Canada southward.

Reference

Evans, A.V., 2007. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects & Spiders of North America. Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY.

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