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Blackberry Looper (Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Blackberry Looper

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Small, green Blackberry Loopers are about the same size as the dark fruit bearing their name.

Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
A type of Emerald Moth, the Blackberry Looper is a bright green color. Two gold lines cross the wings; the shorter line curves around the 'shoulder' area. The entire wing is bordered with this gold color, with a golden fringe decorating the bottoms of the wings. The green body of the moth has a pale ivory line running down the center of the thorax and abdomen. Males have antennae that resemble combs; females do not.

Caterpillars are small and slender. The green body may have a line of purple running down its length. The larva can stiffen its body and cling to a branch with one end, projecting the other into the air, making it appear as if it was a newly sprouted twig. The crawling habit of this caterpillar creates loops with its body as it moves. It accomplishes this by thrusting its head forward and bringing its rear right behind the head, curling the rest of the body upward before propelling its head forward again. Blackberry Looper caterpillars eat blackberries and strawberries as well as the petals from asters, sunflowers, black-eyed susans and daisies.

Adults are nocturnal, but are attracted to lights at night. They are on the wing from spring through most of autumn. Two broods can be produced each year.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Geometridae
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          Genus: Chlorochlamys
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            Species: chloroleucaria
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 23mm (0.55" to 0.90")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, gold, yellow
Descriptors: lines, rounded, emerald, flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 14mm (0.6in) and 23mm (0.9in)
Lo: 14mm
Md: 18.5mm
Hi: 23mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Blackberry Looper may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Blackberry Looper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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