Southern Emerald
Synchlora frondaria (Gn.)
Geometridae
Hodges 7059


Photo courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Fl
May 2010


Identification Covell, Moths of Eastern North America, Pg. 374. Similar to the Wavy-lined Emerald but smaller. The frons is usually white (the Wavy-lined Emerald frons is red, green or brown). The abdominal spots merge to form a white stripe. The post-median and ante-median lines on the forewing and underwing are jagged and the lines merge with those of the underwing. The wing margin is dotted with white and the fringe is usually the same color as the wings. Caterpillar host plants are blackberry, chrysanthemum and Spanish Needle.

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