Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Plusiinae: Plusiini

Autographa precationis (Guenée 1852)

Common name: Common looper moth.

Hodges #: 8908.

Identification: Rfw 15.6 mm, fw stigma with separate silver spot, median area with red-brown-brassy patch beyond stigma, fringe dark, hw mostly dark.  Hw with vein CuA1 slightly separate from M2 and M3 at origin.  Ptagiae red-brown.  Meta-tibiae without spiniform setae. 

Similar species: 8887, 8890, 8895, 8911, 8913.

Distribution: central Canada to south temperate United States, east of the Rockies.

Hosts: Larvae have been recorded on a wide variety of plants including: bean, cabbage, dandelion, hollyhock, lamb's quarters, lettuce, parsnip, plantain, sunflower and thistle.


ND, Cavalier Co., Pembina gorge, 11 mi. W. Walhalla.  14- VIII- 2001, UV/Hg light. coll. G. Fauske.


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Last updated: 01/13/05

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
202 Hultz Hall
Fargo, ND 58105

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