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Subject: BLack tipped, red winged black bodies ??moth
Location: Langley, BC, Canada
June 25, 2013 4:28 pm
Just saw this amazzing looking ?? moth iin our garden, looks like it may have just come out of it’s cacoon. We live in Langley BC and I have sen someone else on this site send a photo of a similar insect you named a lichen moth but yoou said Mexica, Colorado, California. Do they come this far North and is this what this insect is?
Signature: Sue

Possibly Lichen Moth

What’s That Moth?

Dear Sue,
This does resemble a Lichen Moth, more specifically Lycomorpha fulgens, but like your letter indicates, it is not known to range as far north as Canada.  The Moth Photographers Group reports them as far north as Colorado.  That species has black underwings and your insect appears to have red underwings.  Unfortunately your photo lacks critical sharpness.  Perhaps this is some less common Lichen Moth species.  Perhaps one of our readers will have some clue.  We will contact Julian Donahue to see if he has any ideas what this might be.

Update:  Cinnabar Moth Perhaps
We like the possibility posed by Al in a comment that this might be an introduced Cinnabar Moth with missing forewings.  See the Island Crop Management website.

Input from Julian Donahue
Hi Daniel,
… This looks suspiciously very much like the hind wings (only) of the Cinnabar Moth, Tyria jacobaeae, which occurs in B.C. where the photo was taken. The stout body pretty much rules out any lichen moth I know. The only other possibility might be a species of Virbia (formerly Holomelina), but I don’t know any that look like this.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

2 Responses to Probably Cinnabar Moth with missing forewings

  1. Al Jones says:

    Hello , I would like a stab at identifying the red winged moth-like creature;
    It looks to me as though both fore-wings are missing (stranger things have happened) and it could be the uncommon and introduced European Tyria jacobaea; the Cinnabar Moth …….just a thought!

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