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Species Parasa chloris - Smaller Parasa - Hodges#4698

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Limacodidae (Slug Caterpillar Moths)
Genus Parasa
Species chloris (Smaller Parasa - Hodges#4698)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Small Parasa (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Parasa chloris (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)
Neaera chloris Herrich-Schäffer, [1854]
Parasa chloris var. Huachuca
* phylogenetic sequence #141975
Explanation of Names
Species name chloris from Greek meaning "green." (2)
Wingspan 1.8-2.7 cm.
Forewing length 11-14 mm. (3)
Adult: FW brown with large green patch that has a nearly straight outer edge. No darker brown patch in terminal border, as with Parasa indetermina (4)
Southern New England south to east Texas. Disjunct population in southern Arizona. (5), (3); Ontario
Deciduous forests.
In the east caterpillars are present August to October. (1) Adults fly July through early September in southern Arizona. (3)
Larvae feed on deciduous trees and shrubs, including apple, dogwood, elms and oaks. (1) Arizona populations have been found on willow (Salix). (3)

Dyar recorded on "oak, chestnut, wild cherry, hickory, and bayberry" (6)
See Also
Parasa indetermina - see Covell for differentiation (4)
Print References
Covell, p.411, plate 55 #11 (4)
Herrich-Schäffer, [1854]; Samml. aussereurop. Schmett. (I) 1 (10): pl.37, f.176
Himmelman, plate C-1 (7)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.20.35m; p.164 (3)
Wagner, p.88 (1)
Works Cited
1.Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
David L. Wagner, Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, Michael L. McManus. 1998. U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
2.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
4.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.The Life-Histories of the New York Slug Caterpillars
Harrison G. Dyar. 1895. Journal of the New York Entomological Society.
7.Discovering Moths: Nighttime Jewels in Your Own Backyard
John Himmelman. 2002. Down East Books.