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Two-spotted Looper (Autographa bimaculata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Two-spotted Looper.




The warm browns on the Two-spotted Looper are a backdrop for the two white marks on each forewing.



 Updated: 1/10/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




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.


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 [ View More ]
          Genus: Autographa [ View More ]
            Species: bimaculata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Descriptors
Scientific Name: Autographa bimaculata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 22mm (0.78in to 0.86in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; white; yellow; gold
Descriptors: two white spots; gold spots; silver; tree bark; red head; G shaped mark; flying
Relative Size Comparison
Lo: 20mm | Hi: 22mm
Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
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Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
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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 for sensing.
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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.