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Black-Bordered Lemon Moth (Marimatha nigrofimbria)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Black-Bordered Lemon Moth, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 2/8/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Black-Bordered Lemon Moth  
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Lemony yellow wings with crisp black accents decorate the small Black-Bordered Lemon Moth.

Each bright, yellow forewing of the Black-Bordered Lemon Moth is studded with two small black dots. The bottom edge of each forewing is black. Adults are active from spring through autumn. They are members of the Noctuidae family, the largest group of moths. The Black-Bordered Lemon Moth is nocturnal and are attracted to lights. Caterpillars eat the leaves of smooth crabgrass and morning glories, both of which are low-growing plants. Look for them in parks, meadows and coastal areas where host plants grow.

Black-Bordered Lemon Moth Information

Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common Name: Black-Bordered Lemon Moth
Scientific Name: Marimatha nigrofimbria

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Lepidoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Noctuidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Marimatha
       Arrow graphic Species: nigrofimbria

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 10 mm to 12 mm (0.39 inches to 0.468 inches)
Identifying Colors: yellow, black
Additional Descriptors: edge, border, black, four, dots, lemon, flying

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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