The minty Marbled-green Leuconycta Moth displays a multitude of large green patches on its dark wings.
Light green areas on the wings of this moth are generally ringed in white. A dark brown-black or gray area in the center also peeks out along the wings' outer edges. The mix of sage green, white, and black create a marbling effect typically appreciated in expensive countertop stone. Hindwings are a pale creamy brown color that shimmers. A short light-and-dark fringe runs along the bottoms of all four wings. The abdomen is also a tan color and has dark smudges on its back (dorsal side).
The favorite food for the caterpillar is the common dandelion, a yellow-flowered, low growing plant that is considered a weed in lawns, but whose edible leaves add flavor to salad mixes. The green, smooth caterpillar has a bright white line on each side that may darken to an orange color. Two broods can be produced each year.
Look for flying adults from mid-spring through the beginning of fall. They are often spotted in open areas like fields, meadows, and the opening of forests or woods.
Scientific Name: Leuconycta lepidula
Other Name(s): Marbled-green Jaspidia, Dark Leuconycta Moth
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 16mm to 18mm (0.62in to 0.70in)
Colors: green, black, white, brown, gray
Descriptors: green spots, mint, sage patches, flying, dark center
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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.