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Species Synchlora bistriaria - Oblique-striped Emerald - Hodges#7065

Oblique-striped Emerald - Synchlora bistriaria Oblique-stripped emerald - Synchlora bistriaria Synchlora bistriaria Synchlora bistriaria - male Oblique-striped Emerald - Synchlora bistriaria Synchlora bistriaria Synchlora bistriaria Synchlora bistriaria - male
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea (Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths)
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Geometrinae (Emeralds)
Tribe Synchlorini
Genus Synchlora
Species bistriaria (Oblique-striped Emerald - Hodges#7065)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synchlora bistriaria (Packard, 1876) (1)
Chlorosea bistriaria (Packard, 1876)
Aplodes undinaria Strecker, 1878
Phylogenetic sequence # 207600
Forewing length:(1)
♂ 9-16.5 mm
♀ 11-16 mm.
Adult: forewing bright green with two almost straight and almost parallel white lines crossing wing at slight angle; hindwing white at base, green only beyond white PM line, more so toward anal angle.
California to British Columbia, east to Arizona and Saskatchewan.
Type locality: USA: Rio Navajo, New Mexico. (1)
Prairie grasslands, fields or open areas with flowers.
Adults fly from May to August in California; June to August in Alberta.
Larvae feed on the flowers of goldenrod (Solidago), sunflower (Helianthus), and rose (Rosa).
Life Cycle
Overwinters as a larva; one or two generations per year.
As in some other Synchlora species, the larva attaches flower bits to itself for disguise.
Print References
Ferguson, D.C. 1985. The Moths of North America. Fascicle 18.1, p. 95; pl. 4.7-13.(1)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, p. 221, pl. 31.21.(2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photos of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photo of pinned adult and related species for comparison..
Pinned adult image plus common name reference, habitat, description, foodplants, flight season, biology (G.G. Anweiler, Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
Presence in Arizona; list (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
Presence in California 12 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
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.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.