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Marbled-green Leuconycta (Leuconycta lepidula)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Marbled-green Leuconycta

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The minty Marbled-green Leuconycta Moth displays a multitude of large green patches on its dark wings.

Updated: 01/04/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.©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: Leuconycta
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            Species: lepidula
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Leuconycta lepidula
Other Name(s): Marbled-green Jaspidia, Dark Leuconycta Moth
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 16mm to 18mm (0.62" to 0.70")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; black; white; brown; gray
Descriptors: green spots; mint; sage patches; flying; dark center

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 16mm (0.6in) and 18mm (0.7in)
Lo: 16mm
Md: 17mm
Hi: 18mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Marbled-green Leuconycta 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 Marbled-green Leuconycta. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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