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Blackberry looper moth

Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria, (Guenée, 1858)


It is a small moth in the family (geometridae). This one is very similar to the emerald geometrid moth. The moth has green wings with two white stripes on the forewings and one on the hindwings. This one is a female due to the slender rather than feathery antennae.


Semi-urban, Fort Worth, Texas. This species was found at a 250 watt. mercury vapor light trap in a sub-urban area in Fort Worth, Texas. Found at low elevation. About 10:30 pm. central time. It is a very polyphagus species eating many species of plants.


It is found from Nova Scotia to Florida, west in Canada to Manitoba, west in the United States to the Rocky Mountains, and south into Mexico. It is also listed as occurring in Great Britain. Recorded food plants include Achillea millefolium, Ambrosia, Aster, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Gutierrezia dracunculoides, Gutierrezia texana, Helenium autumnale, Helianthus, Parthenium hysterophorus, Rudbeckia hirta, Solidago, Vernonia, Zinnia, Dianthus, Prunus pennsylvanica, Rubus, Ceanothus, Myrica asplenifolia and Apocynum androsaemifolium. In this area they probably feed on (Zinnia sp.) which is kept as a decorative plant. Info of distribution and host plants from Wikipidea. They are found from may-september and like to live in grasslands and vegetative areas around some bushes and gardens.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jul 4, 2020
Submitted on Jul 6, 2020

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