Showy Emerald
Hodges 7053

Dichordia iridaria (Gn.)
June 18, 2006

Showy Emerald, D. latipennis (Hulst.)
September 17, 2009

Identification: Covell, Moths of Eastern North America, Pg. 374. The body and wings are pale to deep green with wide, straight, white ante-median (upper) and post-median (lower) lines on the forewing. There will be no ante-median lines on the hindwing. Black dots (discal) will be visible on all wings. Those moths with distinctly sharper lines are D. iridaria latipennis, a coastal plain sub-species. Caterpillar host plants are Winged, Staghorn and Smooth Sumac

Showy Emerald, D. latipennis, is usually referred to as "Florida specimens). The lines may be sharper and the ante-median line may be slightly wavy. The size is usually about 1/2 the size of D. iridaria, or 2-3 cm.

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