Synchlora aerata – Wavy-lined Emerald

Hodges # 7058

Caterpillar foods: many plants – often composite flowers but also many other flowering plants, shrubs and trees  (Bugguide)

These are very common visitors to my lights.

Came to lights – 7/30/2010





The caterpillars decorate their bodies with pieces of plants – usually flower petals – for camouflage.  I found one of the caterpillars on some White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum) next to our front door.  It’s extremely small – maybe 1/4 inch long – so I had a hard time getting a reasonable photo.













Synchlora aerata 6-5-12 1


9/20/2014  Caterpillar on Sky-blue Aster (Aster oolentangiensis)

Synchlora aerata caterpillar 9-20-14 1


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