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Species Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria - Blackberry Looper - Hodges#7071

Synchlora aerata? - Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria Blackberry looper - Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria Blackberry looper - Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria Geometrid Caterpillar - Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria Blackberry Looper - Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria Blackberry Looper - Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria Blackberry Looper caterpillar - Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria Blackberry Looper caterpillar - Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria
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Classification
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 chloroleucaria (Blackberry Looper - Hodges#7071)
Hodges Number
7071
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (Guenée, [1858]) (1), (2)
Nemoria chloroleucaria Guenée, 1858
Nemoria ? densaria Walker, 1862
Nemoria indiscriminata Walker, 1862
Thalasodes deprivata (Walker, 1862)
Geometra desolataria (Herrich-Schaffer, 1870)
Eucrostis rectilinea (Zeller, 1872)
Aplodes flavilineata (Riley, 1870)
*This long list is beyond the scope of Bug Guide but interesting.
Numbers
one of 4 species in this genus in North America
Size
wingspan 14-23 mm (3)
Identification
Adult: forewing surface texture appears granulated or "pebbled"; AM and PM lines cream or off-white with edges that seem frayed, ragged, or wiggly; discal dots lacking on all wings; whitish middorsal line on thorax continues onto abdomen
Lynn Scott describes the adult thus:
"Wings somewhat pale grayish green, sometimes appearing slightly bluish. On the forewing, the cream-colored antemedial and postmedial lines are clearly defined, but somewhat variable as to straightness. On the hindwing, only the postmedial line is present. A pale terminal line is sometimes evident. The fringe is also pale, sometimes a paler shade of the blue-green of the wing. The surface texture of the wing often appears somewhat alligatored. Ferguson (1985) comments also that there are no distinctive abdominal markings, but most of the specimens I have photographed show a cream stripe beginning on the thorax and extending along the abdomen."

Larva: body slender, light bluish-gray with dark purplish middorsal stripe and thin pale bands separating abdominal segments; head brownish
Range
Nova Scotia to Florida, west in Canada to Manitoba, west in the US to the Rockies, and south into Mexico
Season
adults fly from April to November in the south; May to September in the north
Food
larvae feed on fruit of blackberries and petals of various composite flowers (3)
Life Cycle
At least two generations per year.
See Also
C. phyllinaria has thinner, whiter lines, and PM line curves outward
C. triangularis has thinner lines and its range (California to British Columbia) does not overlap C. chloroleucaria (see photo at CBIF)
Showy Emerald (Dichorda iridaria) wing surface not granulated, forewing AM and PM lines bicolored (bordered by dark green on medial side) and sharp-edged (not frayed, ragged, or wiggly), black discal dots on all wings, and thorax lacks middorsal whitish stripe (compare images of both species at CBIF)
Print References
Ferguson, D.C. 1969. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Geometrinae of America north of Mexico (Insecta, Lepidoptera). (1)
Ferguson, D.C., 1985. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 18.1: p. 105; pl. 4.27-30.(2)
Internet References
Photos of larvae and adult (Friends Central School, Pennsylvania)
Photo of adult (Larry Line, Maryland)
live adult images plus description, foodplants, flight season, life cycles (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live larva images (Friends Central School, Pennsylvania)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (CBIF)
Works Cited
1. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Geometrinae of America north of Mexico (Insecta, Lepidoptera)
Douglas C. Ferguson. 1969. Peabody Museum of Natural History Yale University Bulletin 29.
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 18.1. Geometroidea, Geometridae (Part), Geometrinae
Douglas C. Ferguson . 1985. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
3.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.