Species Details

Plusia putnami

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Common NamePutnam's Looper Moth SeasonalityAdults have been captured in Alberta from late May through August and once in early October. IdentificationA medium-size moth ( 3.0-3.2 cm wingspan). The forewings are dark rusty-brown, with a series of fine faint dark oblique lines, and with bright metallic rusty orange on the basal portion of the costa and along the lower median area. There is an oblique dull silver patch on the apex and a prominent two-part silver stigma, comprised of a large triangular spot followed by a smaller, separate satellite spot. Hindwings are dark brown with rust fringes. The antennae are simple, and both the sexes are similar. The similar P. contexta has been reported from Saskatchewan and should be watched for in eastern Alberta. It has paler hindwings, and the stigma is a single elongated spot constricted somewhat in the center.

Scientific Name Plusia putnami Common Name Putnam's Looper Moth Habitat Grassy clearings, woodland edges, wet meadows and wetland margins. Seasonality Adults have been captured in Alberta from late May through August and once in early October. Identification
A medium-size moth ( 3.0-3.2 cm wingspan). The forewings are dark rusty-brown, with a series of fine faint dark oblique lines, and with bright metallic rusty orange on the basal portion of the costa and along the…
A medium-size moth ( 3.0-3.2 cm wingspan). The forewings are dark rusty-brown, with a series of fine faint dark oblique lines, and with bright metallic rusty orange on the basal portion of the costa and along the lower median area. There is an oblique dull silver patch on the apex and a prominent two-part silver stigma, comprised of a large triangular spot followed by a smaller, separate satellite spot. Hindwings are dark brown with rust fringes. The antennae are simple, and both the sexes are similar. The similar P. contexta has been reported from Saskatchewan and should be watched for in eastern Alberta. It has paler hindwings, and the stigma is a single elongated spot constricted somewhat in the center.
Life History Putnam's Looper Moth is nocturnal and comes to light. The flight period is quite extended, and there may be at least a partial second brood. Conservation A fairly common, widespread species; no concerns. Diet Info The larvae feed on a variety of grasses and sedges, as well as on bur-reed (Sparganium). Range
In the Palearctic, it occurs from eastern Siberia to Fennoscandia, Great Britain and France. In North America, it ranges from Newfoundland and Labrador to central Alaska and the interior of British Columbia, south to…
In the Palearctic, it occurs from eastern Siberia to Fennoscandia, Great Britain and France. In North America, it ranges from Newfoundland and Labrador to central Alaska and the interior of British Columbia, south to Pennsylvania, Washington, northeastern California, and in the Rocky Mountains to Utah and Colorado. It is found throughout the wooded parts of Alberta, from the southern Foothills to Lake Athabasca, but appears to be absent from the wooded valleys of the Grasslands region.

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"Species Details - Plusia putnami, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-1133. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Authorship

Name Anweiler, G. G.
Role species page author

References

Specimen Information

There are 132 specimens of this Species.

131 results plotted on map in 53 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM13677 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1941-06-21

UASM13680 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1943-10-04

UASM13686 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1944-06-10

UASM13692 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Nordegg Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1917-07-18

UASM13700 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Nordegg Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1921-07-19

UASM13701 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Date Collected1918-08-01

UASM13703 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1941-06-21

UASM13704 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Red Deer Collected ByWhitehouse, F. C. Date Collected1916-07-26

UASM13706 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Date Collected1917-07-09

UASM13707 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Blackfalds Date Collected1916-08-22

UASM13708 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake Date Collected1918-07-19

UASM13713 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1919-08-16

UASM13720 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Date Collected1917-07-17

UASM13723 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Calgary

UASM13725 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1942-07-30

UASM7180 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Tofield Collected BySchmidt, B. C. Date Collected1999-08-04

UASM2287 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Tolman Bridge Recreational Area Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2001-08-04

UASM43646 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta Collected ByLawrie, D. Date Collected1998-06-25

UASM43647 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta Collected ByLawrie, D. Date Collected1998-06-06

UASM43648 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta Collected ByLawrie, D. Date Collected1998-06-05

UASM43649 - Plusia putnami

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta Collected ByLawrie, D. Date Collected1998-06-05

Adult Seasonal Distribution