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Camouflaged Looper

Synchlora aerata


The Camouflaged Looper is the caterpillar of the Wavy-lined Emerald moth. Caterpillars adorn their bodies with bits of the plant tissue ,usually flower petals, on which they are feeding to camouflage as they feed.


Southern Canada - South to Georgia, west to Texas. Woodlands, meadows, prairie grassland and other open habitats. Host Plants: Wide variety of plants, often composite flowers including Aster, Rudbeckia, Liatris, Solidago, Artemisia, Achillea, and Rubus, but also many other flowering plants, shrubs and trees.

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DanielePralong 5 years ago

Congratulations Kim, your Camouflaged Looper has been chosen to illustrate our Fact of the Day:

On #NationalMothWeek, each day we'll be bringing you an educational fact about moths, courtesy of National Moth Week team member and Project Noah ranger Jacob Gorneau.
While many organisms are camouflaged by different colors or morphological adaptations to their body, some moth larvae in the Geometridae family such as this Wavy-lined Emerald Moth larva (Synchlora aerata) take it to another level by sticking plant material from their host plant to their bodies to create a very dramatic camouflage.

National Moth Week is from July 21-29. Are you participating? You can still register a public or private event here:, especially if your country or region isn't on the map yet!
On Project Noah you can submit photos of moths you spot here:


Nicole_D_19 11 years ago

Oh my gosh

kimikoluv1 11 years ago


Small Wonders
Small Wonders 11 years ago

Thank you jgorneau ;)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Amazing find!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 12 years ago

Thanks Cindy, Mayra, Karen & alfytere!

Tere R
Tere R 12 years ago

Very interesting spot.

KarenL 12 years ago

Great spot Kim!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 12 years ago

I do too Emma. It's been researched that they will replace the petals or leaves daily with fresh ones according to which plant they are feeding on!

MayraSpringmann 12 years ago

Wow! Incredible!!

CindyBinghamKeiser 12 years ago

This is such a great spotting! I'm suddenly hungry for potato chips though :)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

They must be using leaves and petals instinctively!! This i find very intriguing.

Small Wonders
Spotted by
Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on May 15, 2012
Submitted on May 16, 2012

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