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Laudable Arches (Lacinipolia laudabilis)

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

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The minty green color of the small Laudable Arches Moth accentuates the various patterns on the wings with good contrast.

Updated: 05/23/2023; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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. Another relative, Explicit Arches, has a sharp color contrast that really showcases the curves on the wings. Under the brown mark is a light green and white bean-shaped mark. A white scalloped line runs both above and beneath the brown patch. Fringe on the bottom edges of the wings are checkered white and black.

This 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, lawns, and abandoned lots where weeds have started to establish a presence.©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: laudabilis
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Lacinipolia laudabilis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 16mm to 28mm (0.62" to 1.10")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; white; red; orange; brown; black
Descriptors: spots; mint; light; patch; small; flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 16mm (0.6in) and 28mm (1.1in)
Lo: 16mm
Md: 22mm
Hi: 28mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Laudable 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 Laudable Arches. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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