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Green Cloverworm Moth (Hypena scabra)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Green Cloverworm Moth.

 Updated: 5/6/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




The Green Cloverworm Moth has a light gray and a dark brown form, but they share the same lines and snout.



Patterns on the Green Coverworm Moth are difficult to describe. A central area shaped like a triangle is lighter in hue than the surrounding wings. The light gray form has a bit of tan or brown in that area. The dark brown form has a tawny, golden brown in that area. Both have a black line that runs along the middle of the wings. Beneath it is a curved lighter area that reaches both wing tips. The face of this moth sports a long snout. Antennae are thin. Adults are nocturnal and come to lights at night.

Caterpillars are green with a dark green line down the center and fine yellow lines on the sides. They eat more than just clover. A green cloverworm also eats other low-growing plants like alfalfa, bean, and ragweed. The leaves of strawberry plants and raspberry canes are also tasty fodder for this slender, fleshy larva. Multiple broods are produced each year.
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Erebidae
          Genus: Hypena
            Species: scabra
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Hypena scabra
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 21mm (0.59in to 0.82in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, gray, green, black
Descriptors: brown, gray, mottled, flying
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of a common North American butterfly and moth insect
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Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
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Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
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Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
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Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
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Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
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Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.