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
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.
: 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.
Overwinters as a middle instar larva.(2)
Synchlora frondaria which also has the white stripe on the dorsal of the abdomen, but has more dentate transverse lines
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
Moth Photographers Group
- photos of live and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems
- species account with photographs of pinned adults