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Species Synchlora frondaria - Southern Emerald Moth - Hodges#7059

Green Moth - Synchlora frondaria Southern Emerald Moth - Synchlora frondaria Green Moth - Synchlora frondaria My first attempt at ID-ing a moth . .  - Synchlora frondaria Southern Emerald Moth - Hodges #7059 - Synchlora frondaria 7059 southern emerald -  Synchlora frondaria - Synchlora frondaria Geometrid - Synchlora frondaria Geometer Moth Southern Emerald Synchlora frondaria - Synchlora frondaria
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Geometrinae (Emeralds)
Tribe Synchlorini
Genus Synchlora
Species frondaria (Southern Emerald Moth - Hodges#7059)
Hodges Number
7059
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synchlora frondaria Guenée, [1858](1)
Geometra frondaria
Aplodes frondaria
Phylogenetic sequence # 207425
Numbers
There are twelve named species of Synchlora in America north of Mexico. (2),(1)
Size
Wingspan about 15 mm. (1)
Identification
Larva - A variable twig mimic. Larvae take on the colors of their host plant and employ decorative crypsis by attaching plant material to themselves. (3)
Range
Southern USA; Central and South America; Greater & Lesser Antilles.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Food
Larval foodplants include sunflower, Bidens, Rudbeckia sp., and others.
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Ferguson, D.C. 1969. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Geometrinae of America north of Mexico (Insecta, Lepidoptera). Peabody Museum Nat. Hist. Bulletin 29:154-155
Ferguson, D.C. 1985. The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 18.1. Geometroidea, Geometridae (Part), Geometrinae. p.85. pl.3.67-72 (1)
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 18.1. Geometroidea, Geometridae (Part), Geometrinae
Douglas C. Ferguson . 1985. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.The double cloak of invisibility: phenotypic plasticity and larval decoration in a geometrid moth, ...
M. R. Canfield, S. Chang, N. E. Pierce . 2009. Ecological Entomology 34: 412–414 .