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The minty green color of the small Laudable Arches Moth accentuates the various patterns on the wings with good contrast.
Members of the Arches group of moths are highly patterned and Laudable Arches is no exception. Overall, it has a light green shading with a large, obvious brown patch in the center of each forewing. It is similar in appearance to Implicit Arches, but the latter's brown mark is much fainter. Inside this brown patch is an obvious, round green spot outlined in black. Beneath that is a bright orange-red spot about equal in size. Under the orange spot is a light green and white bean-shaped blob. The brown patches are bordered on top with a straight, white, scalloped line, outlined in black for contrast, which runs across the wing. A second similar scalloped line runs beneath the brown patch on a slant. Fringe on the bottom edges of the wings are checkered white and black.
The species of moth has larvae that feed on herbaceous weeds like dandelions. Thanks to a range in a warmer part of the continent, two broods can be produced each year, and it is possible for adults to be found all year long in some places. Look for this small moth in fields, gardens and lots where weeds have started to establish a presence.
Scientific Name: Lacinipolia laudabilis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 16mm to 28mm (0.62in to 1.09in)
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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.