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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

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

Updated: 07/15/2021; 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 resembles 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
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          Genus: Autographa
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            Species: bimaculata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Autographa bimaculata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 22mm (0.78" to 0.86")
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
Typical Size Between 20mm (0.8in) and 22mm (0.9in)
Lo: 20mm
Md: 21mm
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 Two-spotted 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 Two-spotted Looper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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