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Mottled Grass-Veneer Moth (Neodactria luteolellus)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Mottled Grass-Veneer Moth

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A tubular body and a long furry snout make the Mottled Grass Veneer Moth peculiar when compared to more familiar moth physiology.

Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Mottled Grass-Veneer Moths are comfortable in low grass. This small, light moth has hairs extending from the face, giving it a pointed snout best appreciated by looking at its profile. It is covered in specks and speckles of brown and tan. A shimmering veneer covers its wings. It is often found resting with its wings rolled closed making the body appear slender and long. Their caterpillars likely feed on grass, but do not cause noticeable damage to lawns.

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: Crambidae
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          Genus: Neodactria
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            Species: luteolellus
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Neodactria luteolellus
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 15mm (0.39" to 0.59")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: tan, white, ivory
Descriptors: flying, snout, nose, tiny, narrow, shiny

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 10mm (0.4in) and 15mm (0.6in)
Lo: 10mm
Md: 12.5mm
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 Mottled Grass-Veneer 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 Mottled Grass-Veneer Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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