celery looper

(Anagrapha falcifera)

               
Hodges #

8924

celery looper
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common and widespread. This is a serious pest on many crop species.

Flight/Season

May to September. Two or more generations per year.

Habitat

Meadows, pastures, crops, roadsides, and other open areas

Size

Wingspan: 1¼ to 19 16

 

Identification

This is a medium-sized moth that is active both day and night. There are two forms, a gray form and a brown form. The gray form is more common early in the season.

The antennae are not feathered.

The outer margin, leading edge (costal margin), and base of the forewing of the gray form is light gray to brownish-gray. The inner margin is conspicuously indented at the postmedian region. There is a large, rectangular, dark brown patch in the median portion. The stigma is a curved, silvery-white bar that forms a loop at the end. The upper arm of the stigma is a short spur. The lower arm extends to the inner margin of the wing along the basal edge of the dark patch. Beyond the stigma reddish spot is usually visible.

The hindwing is reddish-brown or grayish-brown with a narrow, pale, postmedian region.

The brown form is similar but has a dark reddish-brown forewing with paler, grayish-brown outer margin and basal regions.

 
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Larval Food

Plantain (Plantago), viburnum (Viburnum), clover, and various crops.

 
Adult Food

Flower nectar

 
Life Cycle

Pupa overwinter in the soil and emerge in the spring when the temperature reaches 50°F.

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 21, 75.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Noctuoidea (noctuid moths)

 

Family:

Noctuidae (owlet moths)

 

Subfamily:

Plusiinae

 

Tribe:

Plusiini

 

Subtribe:

Plusiina

 
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Common
Names

celery looper


 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Costal margin

The leading edge of the forewing of insects.

 

Stigma

In plants, the portion of the female part of the flower that is receptive to pollen. In Lepidoptera, an area of specialized scent scales on the forewing of some skippers, hairstreaks, and moths. In Odonata, a thickened, dark or opaque cell near the tip of the wing on the leading edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Celery Looper Moth (Noctuidae: Anagrapha falcifera) in Grass
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Uploaded on Apr 21, 2010

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (21 April 2010).

 
     
  Celery Looper Moth (Noctuidae: Anagrapha falcifera) Lateral View
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Uploaded on Oct 13, 2011

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (09 October 2011). Thank you to Paul Dennehy (@Bugguide.net) for confirming the identity of this specimen!

 
     
  Celery Looper Moth (Noctuidae: Anagrapha falcifera) Displaying
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Uploaded on Sep 5, 2011

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (05 September 2011).

 
     

 

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