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Bilobed Looper (Megalographa biloba)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Bilobed Looper

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A large white mark with two bulbous ends can be found on every Bilobed Looper.

Updated: 01/02/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
This brown moth has a profile filled with features. The large, satiny white spot on the side has two rounded lobes that are usually, connected in the middle though in some individuals, they are separated. A small white line under the spot curves like the letter ?c?. The hairy thorax crops upward, like a stiff collar on a cape. A smaller tuft of brown hair protrudes from the wings near the thorax. A light fringe graces the gently curved bottoms of the wings. When fully examined, the middle band of color may shine with an orange or coppery color.

Adults fly to the northern part of the range and sometimes stay long enough to produce broods. Caterpillars are green and plump. They feed on short plants like alfalfa, dandelion, lettuce, and cabbage as well as tobacco. Barley, gladiolus, and plantain are also suitable food sources. Look for adults from spring to early autumn in the north, but these moths can fly all year round in the southern, warmer part of their range.©InsectIdentification.org

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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
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          Genus: Megalographa
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            Species: biloba
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Megalographa biloba
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 19mm to 20mm (0.74" to 0.78")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; white; tan
Descriptors: tear drop; white spot; flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 19mm (0.7in) and 20mm (0.8in)
Lo: 19mm
Md: 19.5mm
Hi: 20mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Bilobed Looper may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Bilobed Looper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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