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Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth

Lycomorpha pholus

Description:

At first glance, I thought this was a net-winged beetle, but upon closer inspection, I realized that it was a moth that was mimicking a net-winged beetle! The body and wings of this moth were bluish-black. The basal part of wings were orange, and the distal area of the wings was black.

Habitat:

On a sign near a meadow at Bent of the River Audubon.

Notes:

They are thought to be mimics of net-winged beetles (Calopteron sp.), which contain a toxic compound (acetylenic acid).

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Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Aug 16, 2017
Submitted on Nov 15, 2017

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