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One of a few minty green moth, Explicit Arches makes no bones about the curve of light color at the bottom of its wings.
Unlike other type of Arches, this species has a clear, bright arc curving upward on the lower half of its wings. A complementary, soft curving line arcs downward at the middle of the body. Two green relatives, Laudible Arches and Implicit Arches , have far less contrast around their curves. The greenish-brown moth has brown streaks in the middle of the forewings, an area much darker than the pale green bottom edge. A black dash sits on the inner edge of each wing, and a checkered fringe borders the bottom of them.
The host plant of this moth's caterpillar is unknown, but two broods can be produced each year despite the mystery.
Scientific Name: Lacinipolia explicata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 17mm (0.59in to 0.66in)
Colors: green, brown, white, black
Descriptors: mint green, sage, white fringe, brown streak, checkered, flying
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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.