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Red winged bug
Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 5:25 PM
Dear Bugman,
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!
Madena
Bear Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains, California

Lichen Moth

Lichen Moth

Hello Madena,
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.

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