Common Name: Alfalfa Looper
Autographa californica Speyer, 1875
Wingspan: 40 mm
Range: Throughout Alberta
Meadows, edges of woodlands, gardens and croplands including hayfields
Time of year seen: May &
July to October (Additional Sightings)
Caterpillar's Diet: Vegetable and forage
A common western species with a wide range from Alaska to northern Mexico
and east to S.W. Saskatchewan. Adults are active both during the day
and at night.
It is not unusual to see the moths later in the afternoon nectaring on
late blooming flowers such as marigolds, sunflowers and alfalfa.
Adults are also attracted to light at night. (Powell et al, 2009)