Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Plusiinae: Plusiini

Autographa californica (Speyer 1875)

Common name: Alfalfa looper moth.

Hodges #: 8914.

Identification: Rfw 18.3 mm, fw shiny, with black apical dash, hw with broad fuscous border and bicolored fringe, vfw with two pale patches in median area.  Tibiae without spiniform setae. Male clasper with dorsal margin nearly straight and cucullus 'foot-like.'

Similar species: 8887, 8890, 8895, 8908, 8913, 8916, 8926, 8939.

Distribution: western North America.

Hosts: Larvae have been recorded on more than 60 species of plants including vegetable and forage crops such as: alfalfa, apple, barley, beans, beets, celery, cucumber, lettuce, pumpkin, radish, spinach, strawberry, sweet clover, tomato, and wheat.


ND, Cass Co., Casselton.  15- VI- 1992. UV light, Coll. M. Hoard.


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Last updated: 01/13/05

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
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Fargo, ND 58105

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