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Unknown micro moth? - Synchlora aerata

Unknown micro moth? - Synchlora aerata
Charlotte, NC, North Carolina, USA
September 15, 2007
Is this a micro moth?

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Synchlora aerata
This is a nice specimen of Synchlora aerata - I like how clearly the penny shows its diminutive size! Synchlora frondaria is also possible, and it's a little hard to see the full extent of the white line patterning on the wings. From what I can see, however, I think it is aerata. The key to recognizing this as Synchlora in your photo is the white stripe along the mid-dorsum of the abdomen. Nemoria elfa has a plain, unmarked light green abdomen.

You can see images of both Synchlora aerata and Nemoria elfa on our geometrine website here:

You are correct!
I am sure you are absolutely correct on this.
It fits a Synchlora aerata in every aspect, including
the white mid dorsum stripe.
I checked the geometrine website as well as others
and it seems to mirror the photos and other data.
This species travels from Coastal BC, East to Newfoundland,
South to NC and CA.
Thank you for your experitise and input!

Whatever it is
It is very cool! So tiny and so beautiful, good find!

I agree, it is beautiful!
Thanks Steve!

Could it be Nemoria?
Could it be Nemoria?

Nemoria elfa I believe...
Yes, I think you are right!
I researched it a little more and here is what I found:
"Nemoria elfa is a small species, similar in size to Synchlora aerata. It has been found from the Carolinas to Florida and west to Texas. It has been reared on sweetgum leaves"
Thank you!

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