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Implicit Arches (Lacinipolia implicata)

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

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The soft brown spot nestled on the green wings of an Implicit Arches may help explain its common name.

Updated: 07/06/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

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: implicata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Lacinipolia implicata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 32mm (0.98" to 1.25")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, black, white, brown, gray
Descriptors: mint green, checkered fringe, band, brown spot, flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 25mm (1.0in) and 32mm (1.3in)
Lo: 25mm
Md: 28.5mm
Hi: 32mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Implicit 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 Implicit Arches. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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