Moths of North Carolina
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Cisthene packardii (Grote, 1863) - Packard's Lichen Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ArctiinaeTribe: LithosiiniP3 Number: 930189.00 MONA Number: 8072.00
Comments: One of twenty species in this genus that occur in North America, five of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1960)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Forbes (1960); Wagner (2005)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Similar to but slightly larger than Cisthene subjecta. Dark gray with a thin yellow or gray line along the costa and a similarly colored submedian band located parallel to but above the inner margin; two pink to cherry red spots project downward from both of these lines in the postmedian area; unlike C. subjecta, packardii also has a patch of yellow located on the upper side of the submedian line, making the spot at the end of the lower line appear to be two-toned. Larvae are illustrated in Wagner (2005): the body is ashy gray with a dorsal pale stripe bordered by a purple line; the bases of scattered white hairs are outlined with green or yellow.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larval descriptions are apparently unavailable.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Probably occurs statewide
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Flight Comments: Appears to have three distinct flights
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our records come from virtually all types of forests and shrublands found in the state, from maritime scrub, peatlands, and Longleaf Pine savannas and sandhills in the Coastal Plain to riparian hardwoods and dry ridges in the Piedmont and Mountains.
Larval Host Plants: Like most Lithosiines, probably feeds on lichens, bark algae, and Cyanobacteria (Covell, 1984; Wagner, 2005)
Observation Methods: Comes well to blacklights; none of our records come from bait
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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 [S5]
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands
Comments: As a common, widely distributed species occupying an extremely broad set of habitats, this species appears to be secure in the state

 Photo Gallery for Cisthene packardii - Packard's Lichen Moth

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-06-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-05-28
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-05-17
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2022-04-28
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-09-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-08-28
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-12
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2021-05-17
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Bo Sullivan and Steve Hall on 2021-05-10
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Taylor on 2020-09-08
Beaufort Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Taylor on 2020-09-08
Beaufort Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-07-11
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-06-08
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-05-10
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-04-18
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-09-19
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-09-06
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-07-07
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2018-08-25
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2018-08-25
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-08-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-06-01
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Ed Corey on 2016-10-01
Bladen Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2014-05-21
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2013-09-16
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2013-09-15
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Britta Muiznieks on 2013-09-06
Dare Co.
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