The soft brown spot nestled on the green wings of an Implicit Arches may help explain its common name.
Implicit Arches is closely related to Laudable Arches. Laudable Arches has an obvious dark brown spot on each forewing, but Implicit Arches' brown spot is more subdued or implied. The minty green moth has a black band crossing the middle of the wings. Each understated brown spot on the Implicit Arches is sandwiched between both a small and a large green spot in this dark band. Light green hairs on the thorax sometimes share space with black and white hairs. Legs have bands of mint green and black on them.
Adults are active from spring through autumn, and their caterpillars can be found nibbling on weeds like dandelion, a variety of herbs, and possibly dead or dying leaves. They are smallish, and can easily get overlooked among grass and other green vegetation.
Scientific Name: Lacinipolia implicata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 32mm (0.98in to 1.25in)
Colors: green, black, white, brown, gray
Descriptors: mint green, checkered fringe, band, brown spot, 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.