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?
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.
Input from Julian Donahue
… 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.