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Bristly Cutworm Moth (Lacinipolia renigera)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Bristly Cutworm Moth

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Adult moths are shades of brown and green, and their earthy caterpillars may be either brown or green.

Updated: 09/07/2023; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
A Bristly Cutworm Moth has green patches on its wings and one of them is ringed in a bright, white border. The shade of green may be dull or it may be vivid and fresh depending on the individual. Two dark oval-shaped patches on the wings are just below the thorax. The perimeter of the wings has a pale ?whip-stitched? edging. This moth is actually named after its caterpillar.

The Bristly Cutworm may be green or brown, but it is surrounded by short hairs that grow out of each segment side as well as the top. A faint diamond pattern on it gives the larval segments a pointed, less rounded appearance from afar. The brown head has black interlacing lines on it. This caterpillar eats all sorts of short, herbaceous plants and crops though it is not a significant pest. Two broods are produced each year as adults are active from early spring through early autumn, giving them plenty of time and good weather to reproduce.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Noctuidae
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          Genus: Lacinipolia
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            Species: renigera

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Lacinipolia renigera
Other Name(s): Kidney-spotted Minor
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 15mm (0.55" to 0.59")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; green; gray; white; black
Descriptors: green bean shape; grass green; mint; lime; mossy; white ring; green center; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 14mm (0.6in) and 15mm (0.6in)
Lo: 14mm
Md: 14.5mm
Hi: 15mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Bristly Cutworm Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Bristly Cutworm Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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