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Species Synchlora aerata - Wavy-lined Emerald - Hodges#7058

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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 aerata (Wavy-lined Emerald - Hodges#7058)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Camouflaged Looper (caterpillar)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synchlora aerata – (Fabricius, 1798)
*Phylogentic sequence #372800
Twelve Synchlora species occur in America north of Mexico
FWL ≈ 7-12 mm (1)
WS ≈ 13-24mm
Adult: FW pale green with slightly wavy AM & PM. Dotted white ST is sometimes noticeable. Fringe on all wings is pale green. Abdomen has narrow white dorsal stripe, running entire length.
Larva: Caterpillar adorns its body with plant fragments, usually flower petals, to camouflage it as it feeds. It is the only widespread species to do so(2), but from Maryland southwards other Synchlora spp. are also present and only raising to adulthood can yield a definite caterpillar ID.
Southern Canada to Georgia and Texas.(2)
Fields and other open habitats.
Caterpillars feed on a wide variety of plants, often composite flowers but also many other flowering plants, shrubs and trees.
Life Cycle
Overwinters as a middle instar larva.(2)

Camouflaged larvae and pupae

Larvae and pupae

Adult female, filiform antennae. Adult male, pectinate antennae
See Also
Synchlora frondaria which also has the white stripe on the dorsal of the abdomen, but has more dentate transverse lines
Print References
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, Moths of Western North America, p. 221, pl. 31.20(1)
Ferguson, D. C., 1985. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 18.1: p. 82; pl. 3.57-66.(3)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - photos of live and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with photographs of pinned adults
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
3.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 18.1. Geometroidea, Geometridae (Part), Geometrinae
Douglas C. Ferguson . 1985. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.