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    Wavy-Lined Emerald Moth - (Synchlora aerata)

    The bright green color of the Wavy-Lined Emerald Moth proves that butterflies aren't the only cheery Lepidopterans.

    Staff Writer (9/27/2016): Wavy-Lined Emerald Moths have two sets of thin white lines crossing their bodies from wing to wing. Both have small dips at the veins in the wings which creates a wavy appearance. The body has a bright white line running down the 'spine'. Some small white lines branch out from it closer to the head. This moth rests with its wings spread flat, giving an observer time to notice the pale green fringe along the edges of the wings. They are nocturnal and attracted to lights.

    Wavy-Lined Emerald Moths overwinter in part of the larval stage. They can produce two or more broods each year. The yellow and brown caterpillars cover themselves in pieces of plant material like flower petals. This helps them blend into the plant they are feeding on. It also gives them bumps and edges that make it difficult to discern that it is actually a caterpillar and not a strange kind of insect. Look for them as they feed on flowers and shrubs like asters, coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, raspberry bushes, sagebrush, ragweed and goldenrod.

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    Wavy-Lined Emerald Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Wavy-Lined Emerald Moth
    Scientific Name: Synchlora aerata
    Other Names: Camouflaged Looper

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Geometridae
           Genus: Synchlora
            Species: aerata

    Size (Adult, Length): 13mm to 24mm (0.51in to 0.94in)

    Identifying Colors: green, white

    Additional Descriptors: flat, flying, helpful

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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