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Species Chlorochlamys appellaria - Hodges#7073

Geometrid Moth - Chlorochlamys appellaria - male Moth - Chlorochlamys appellaria Green Geometrid? - Chlorochlamys appellaria - male 7073 - Chlorochlamys appellaria - male 7073  - Chlorochlamys appellaria Emerald - Chlorochlamys appellaria Chlorochlamys appellaria Chlorchlamys appellaria?  - Chlorochlamys appellaria - female
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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 Hemitheini
Genus Chlorochlamys
Species appellaria (Chlorochlamys appellaria - Hodges#7073)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chlorochlamys appellaria Pearsall, 1911 (1), (2)
Chlorochlamys rubromediaria Cassino & Swett, 1925
Chlorochlamys hespera Sperry, 1951
Forewing length: (1)
♂ 7-10 mm.
♀ 7.5-10 mm.
Original description online: 206
Adults - usually green, but may also be brown, rust, or, rarely cream. (3)
Larvae - yellow green with vague lighter lines and a yellow head. (3)
Southern California(4), Nevada, and Utah(5), east to Oklahoma(6) and the coast of Texas(7). (8), (1)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Most records are from mid-March to early October. (3)
Larval host is Eriogonum (buckwheat)
See Also
Chlorochlamys phyllinaria which has thinner and more sinuous am and pm lines.

Chlorochlamys triangularis which has white transverse lines instead of yellow.

Compare to others on the archived photos of living moths and pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Cassino, S.E. & L.W. Swett, 1925. Some new Geometridae. The Lepidopterist 4: 36(1)
Ferguson, D.C., 1969. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Geometrinae of America north of Mexico (Insecta, Lepidoptera). Peabody Museum of Natural History Yale University Bulletin 29: 200.
Ferguson, D.C., 1985. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 18.1: Geometroidea, Geometridae (Part), Geometrinae. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 107; pl. 4.34-41.(1)
Pearsall, R.F., 1911. New geometrid genus, and a new species from the extreme southwest. The Canadian Entomologist, 43(6): 206
Powell, J.A., & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl.31.22, p.221.(3)