Clover Looper
 
Location: Lethbridge, AB
Date: Apr. 11, 2010
               
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Clover Looper

Common Name:  Clover Looper, Range Grass Moth

Latin Name:  Caenurgina crassiuscula (Haworth, 1809)
                        (G. Anweiler, det.)

Wingspan:  30 - 40 mm

Range: Alberta

Habitat:  Open grasslands

Time of year seen: April to September

Caterpillar's Diet: grasses, clover and lupines

Similar Species: Caenurgina erechtea

Other: The Clover Looper is a common widespread moth that is found from coast to coast in Canada.  The moths are active both night and day and can be found in open grasslands.  They are absent in the boreal regions.  The moths have a brownish grey hue with two darker bands running across the wings.  Coloration can be somewhat variable.  In general the females are slightly larger then males and have more obscure markings. There are at least two broods per year, with the first one appearing in May.  (Covell, 1984 & Powell et al, 2009)

Photo courtesy R. Heavy Head 2010.
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