Red winged bug
Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 5:25 PM
I saw this red insect while hiking in Bear Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains in June. It looked somewhat moth-like, with bright red wings that were outlined in black. It had a black head and black antennae. Could you please help identify this? Thank you!
Bear Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains, California
This is a moth; more specifically it is a Lichen Moth in the Tiger Moth subfamily Lithosiinae. It goes by the polysyllabic name Lycomorpha fulgens, but has no common name. BugGuide reports the species from Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.