|Clover Looper – Caenurgina crassiuscula|
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths — Hodges #s 8322 – 11233)
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Live adult moths photographed at Winfield, DuPage County Ilinois. Wingspan as pictured: 15mm
Forewing light brown; female with two contrasting darker bars on wing, male with bars not contrasting in color but bars outlined in a darker color. Larvae feed on clover, alfalfa, grasses, and ragweed. There are two or three generations a year.
Order Lepidoptera: Moths. Unlike the butterflies, moths are usually nocturnal. Many moths and their caterpillars are major agricultural pests in large parts of the world. Moths in the family Tineidae are commonly regarded as pests because their larvae eat fabrics, clothes and blankets made from natural fibers such as wool or silk. Moths in the genus Farinalis feed on stored grain, flour, corn meal and other milled grain products.
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