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Clover Looper Moth (Caenurgina crassiuscula)


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



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The caterpillars of the Clover Looper Moth make a small loop every time they crawl.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Clover Looper Moths are generally brown, but some have a gray undertone. Each forewing has a dark arc that may look like a 'C' from overhead, or even two bands of color. The tips of these arcs almost connect at the inside center of the wings. Two or three black marks sit near the bottom corner by each wing tip. Females are larger than males. Both are active all day and night.

Caterpillars feed on the leaves of clover and legumes like lupine. They also eat from other types of herbaceous plants and grasses. Three or more broods can be produced in one year. The tubular larva forms a loop with its body when it moves forward. It arches its back into the air while the head and rear form the bottom of the ring. Because clover is a main food source and it grows easily as weed, one can find Clover Looper Moths and caterpillars in yards, abandoned lots, open fields, and by the road.




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: Erebidae
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          Genus: Caenurgina
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            Species: crassiuscula
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Caenurgina crassiuscula
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 17mm to 22mm (0.66" to 0.86")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, black, gray
Descriptors: curve, U-shape, dots, flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 17mm and 22mm
Lo: 17mm
Md: 19.5mm
Hi: 22mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Clover Looper Moth 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 Clover Looper Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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