The warm browns on the Two-spotted Looper are a backdrop for the two white marks on each forewing.
Looper moths have caterpillars that move by creating loops with their bodies as they crawl forward. The middle of the body arches upward and the rear end is pulled in toward the head. The Two-spotted Looper's caterpillar feeds on dandelions that grow in meadows, fields, and yards.
The adult moth is a rich brown color with pink hues. The center region of the forewings is darker than the other parts and it has two distinctive white spots on each side. Both are white, but some individuals have a golden yellow filling in the center. The spots may be oval in shape, but it is common for the higher spot to form a 'G' shape, or stretch toward the head. Tall tufts of hairs on the thorax sit up straight by the head and middle of the body. A curve in the ones by the head resemble the shape of a saddle.
Look for this moth at the edge of woodlands where fields and meadows begin. If removing dandelions manually in the summer months, check the leaves for the looping caterpillars.
Scientific Name: Autographa bimaculata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 22mm (0.78in to 0.86in)
Colors: brown; white; yellow; gold
Descriptors: two white spots; gold spots; silver; tree bark; red head; G shaped mark; flying
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.