New York Natural Heritage Program
Packard's Lichen Moth
Cisthene packardii (Grote, 1863)
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
Packard's lichen moth is a small, colorful moth with a wingspan of 14-19 mm. It has gray forewings with pink and yellow areas. On the anterior margin of each forewing, a thin yellow line merges with a rounded pink patch near the apex. On the inner margin of each forewing, a yellow line runs from the base of the wing to a rectangular pink patch (Covell 1984).

Best Life Stage for Proper Identification [-]
The adult is the best life stage for identification.

Behavior [-]
In Missouri, there are two broods each year (Covell 1984).

Diet [-]
Larvae feed on lichens.
Packard's Lichen Moth Images
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The Best Time to See
The best time to see Packard's lichen moth is during its flight season, from May-September (Covell 1984). In New York State, adults have been captured in June and August to early September.
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Present Reproducing
The time of year you would expect to find Packard's Lichen Moth present (blue shading) and reproducing (orange shading) in New York.