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Green Arches (Anaplectoides prasina)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Green Arches



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Fresh and bright, Green Arches is about as green as it gets among the world of moths.



Updated: 01/09/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Though its wings have a mix of other colors on them, it is green that stands out best. This is advantageous coloration in its habitat. Bogs and woodlands are laden with greenery in the form of leaves, but also in lichens, ferns, and moss. Sitting on or near any of these affords the moth camouflage from avian and insect predators. This species can be found in every part of North America, but it is most active in summer.

Caterpillars are green, yellow, or a mix of both colors. A black criss-cross pattern develops on the top of the body, like dark netting, as it matures. This larva feeds on the leaves of trees like apple and cranberry. It also eats currant, honeysuckle, and knotweed leaves.




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: Anaplectoides
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            Species: prasina
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Anaplectoides prasina
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 27mm to 28mm (1.06" to 1.10")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; brown; white
Descriptors: bean-shaped spot; moss; olive; bright green; flying; checkered fringe
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 27mm (1.1in) and 28mm (1.1in)
Lo: 27mm
Md: 27.5mm
Hi: 28mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Green Arches 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 Green Arches. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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