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.
Scientific Name: Marimatha nigrofimbria
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 12mm (0.39in to 0.47in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.