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Three-lined Flower Moth (Schinia trifascia)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Three-lined Flower Moth



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Satiny green wings are crossed with a trio of thin white lines, giving this moth a tiered appearance.



Updated: 08/25/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Three-lined Flower Moths is a soft green color, but it may also be olive or light brown. Three white lines cross the wings, forming tiers or bands with gradients. This moth looks similar to the Tobacco Budworm Moth and the Boneset Flower Moth. The Tobacco Budworm?s first white line forms a gentle curve across the wings whereas the Three-lined Flower moth?s line is sharply angled, forming an inverted ?V? across the wings. The Boneset Flower moth is found mostly west of the Mississippi.

The Three-lined Flower Moth visits flowers for nectar and uses Joe-Pye weed and boneset as host plants. It is found in prairies and near woodlands near its host plants. This moth flies during the day, but it may be slightly camouflaged if resting on the green parts of plants.




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: Schinia
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            Species: trifascia
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Schinia trifascia
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 17mm (0.47" to 0.66")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; white; brown
Descriptors: three V lines across wings; flying; olive
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 12mm (0.5in) and 17mm (0.7in)
Lo: 12mm
Md: 14.5mm
Hi: 17mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Three-lined Flower 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 Three-lined Flower Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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