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Species Caenurgina erechtea - Forage Looper - Hodges#8739

Caenurgina erechtea Caenurgina erechtea Clover Looper - Hodges #8738 (Caenurgina erechtea) - Caenurgina erechtea Caenurgina erechtea Forage Loopers, ventral - Caenurgina erechtea - male - female Slate colored Moth - Caenurgina erechtea Caenurgina erechtea Moth - Caenurgina erechtea
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Erebinae
Tribe Euclidiini
Genus Caenurgina
Species erechtea (Forage Looper - Hodges#8739)
Hodges Number
8739
Other Common Names
Common Grass-moth (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Caenurgina erechtea (Cramer, [1780])
Phalaena erechtea Cramer, [1780] (2)
* phylogenetic sequence #930924
Numbers
Abundant.
Size
Wingspan 30-42 mm; female larger than male. (1)
Forewing length 14-23 mm. (3)
Identification
The following loosely applies to the 2 mentioned species. There is just too much variability for these descriptions to be valid much of the time.
Adult: Males are generally mouse gray; the AM band noticeably does NOT touch the inner margin of the forewing. [whereas in C. crassiuscula, the AM band touches the inner inner margin of the forewing.

This is a dissected, male C. erechtea Note the mouse gray color and the AM dark area that does NOT touch the inner margin of the FW.

Scales brushed from terminal end of abdomen in males of C. erechtea and C. crassiuscula
Range
Absent from the following parts of Canada where C. crassiuscula occurs: Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Yukon, Northwest Territories.
Otherwise, occurs coast to coast in United States and adjacent parts of Canada.
Habitat
Fields, roadsides, waste places; adults are active day and night, and are attracted to light.
Season
Adults fly from March to November.
Food
Larvae feed on alfalfa, clover, grasses, and Great Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida).
Remarks
Due to the similarity in spelling, the genus Caenurgina is sometimes confused with Caenurgia, a genus in the same subfamily and tribe as Caenurgina.
See Also
Clover Looper see comments above.