Saturday, July 19, 2014

Painted Lichen Moth

I found this beauty while camping at Awenda Provincial Park in Penetanguishene, Ontario in mid July, 2014. This is a Painted Lichen Moth which is actually quite widespread and common, but a first find for me! It is a small moth with wonderful colours and its larvae feed on lichens, giving this moth its name. Adult moths can be found flying from May to August. The Latin name for this moth is Hyproprepia fucosa.

Here are some of the photos I was able to capture before it flew away....

For more information on the Painted Lichen Moth, check out these great sites: ~ Wikipedia ~ Bug Guide ~ A Way to Garden

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