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leadplant flower moth

leadplant flower moth (Schinia lucens)
Photo © Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Features and Behaviors

The leadplant flower moth, also known as the false indigo flower moth, has a wingspan of about one inch. The upperside of the forewing has mottled dark and light raspberry colors with a white tinge. The upperside of the hindwing is yellow with brown blotches. The undersides of the wings are white, raspberry and yellow-brown with some black spots.

This species can be found in open areas and prairies where leadplant (Amorpha canescens) or false indigo plants (Amorpha spp.), the larval host plants, are present. One generation is produced per year. The adult is present from June through July. Adults are active during the daylight hours but may also be seen at night.

Illinois Range


​Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Noctuidae

Illinois Status

​common, native

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