Common Name: Green Leuconycta
Scientific Name: Leuconycta diphtheroids
Season: Two generations, with caterpillars in June and August, and adults in late June.
Food: Goldenrods and other asters.
Ecology: A common caterpillar in open fields and meadows, green leuconyctas hide on the underside of wildflower leaves, and may drop to the ground if alarmed. As adults, they bear a striking resemblance to lichen of a tree, and moths make a good habit of blending in to woody vegetation whenever they can. Green leuconycta will overwinter as pupae.
Doug Tallamy Photo