Green cloverworm: Description

Green cloverworm: Late instar of the green cloverworm, Hypena scabra. (Photo Marlin E. Rice)Green cloverworm: Late instar of the green cloverworm, Hypena scabra. (Photo Marlin E. Rice)

Green cloverworm moths: Adult green cloverworms, Hypena scabra. Male on the left and female on the right. Note the differences in color and the relative sizes of their eyes. (Photos Marlin E. Rice)Green cloverworm moths: Adult green cloverworms, Hypena scabra. Male on the left and female on the right. Note the differences in color and the relative sizes of their eyes. (Photos Marlin E. Rice)

Larva
The green cloverworm, Hypena scabra, larva is identified by a light green color and by having 3 pairs of prolegs near the center of its body and one pair near its tail end. This caterpillar is often confused with that of the soybean looper, Pseudoplusia includens. However, in contrast, the soybean looper lacks one pair of prolegs near the center of its body.

Adult
The adult green cloverworm has a triangular shape when at rest. Male moths have larger eyes than the females and are a more uniform brown color than the female.