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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



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



Updated: 07/06/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Patterns on the Green Cloverworm 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.




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: Hypena
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            Species: scabra
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Hypena scabra
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 21mm (0.59" to 0.82")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, gray, green, black
Descriptors: brown, gray, mottled, flying
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 15mm (0.6in) and 21mm (0.8in)
Lo: 15mm
Md: 18mm
Hi: 21mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Green Cloverworm 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 Green Cloverworm Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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