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Species Hypena scabra - Green Cloverworm Moth - Hodges#8465

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Hypeninae
Genus Hypena
Species scabra (Green Cloverworm Moth - Hodges#8465)
Hodges Number
8465
Other Common Names
Green Cloverworm
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypena scabra (Fabricius, 1798)
Plathypena scabra Fabricius, 1798
Phylogenetic sequence # 930588 (1)
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 29 species of the genus Hypena in America north of Mexico. (1)
Size
Wingspan 25-35 mm; male usually larger than female
Identification
Adult: forewing narrow, blackish-brown or grayish, sometimes with yellowish or orangish areas (color and pattern varies considerably); thin black horizontal line midway along inner margin, and pale triangular patch usually present along costa at apex; PM line slightly wavy with small but conspicuous outward bulge near costa; hindwing broad (2x width of forewing) and uniformly medium to dark grayish-brown with darker veins and faint discal spot
Larva: body light grayish-green with prominent yellowish-white lateral line, fainter subdorsal line, and thin faint whitish band across each abdominal segment; head greenish to brownish
Range
United States and southern Canada east of the Rockies.
Habitat
fields, gardens, wood edges, waste places; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
Season
Adults fly from March to November, or all year in warmer regions, but are most common in late summer and fall.
Food
The larvae feed on leaves of alfalfa, beans, clover, ragweed, raspberries, strawberries.
Life Cycle
At least three generations per year.
Remarks
The former genus Plathypena was included in Hypena by Robert W. Poole in 1989 (1).
See Also
Hop Vine Moth (Hypena humuli) is much less common, its forewing lacks a thin dark horizontal line midway along inner margin, and its hindwing is pale brownish-yellow (compare images of both species at CBIF)

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Hypena californica
Print References
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, p. 255; plate 43, fig. 12.(2)
Internet References
live adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)