Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth

8087 - Lycomorpha pholus - Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth

Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
Lycomorpha pholus
Hodges #8087
Fields and meadows; often found on flowers during day.
Mid-summer through mid-fall.

2 responses to “Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth

  1. All dressed up for halloween!

    • Would sure fit in with the crowd, eh? I’m not sure why it’s so brightly coloured – usually orange and black suggests aposematic, meaning that they’re poisonous or taste bad and so they’re warning predators not to try them, or that they’re mimicking another species that’s poisonous or tastes bad. I’m not sure if either is the case here. However, they do appear to mimic net-winged beetles (shown below), so maybe there’s something there.

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