Green velvet looper
Alberta, British Columbia
Damage, symptoms and biologyThe green velvet looper is a common and, on occasion, a locally abundant nondestructive solitary defoliator.
Mature larva to 25 mm long. Head, unmarked green. Body, green; two narrow dark green middorsal lines; light yellow subdorsal stripe; creamy white subspiracular stripe.
This species appears to overwinter in the egg stage. Larvae are present from May to July, pupation occurs June to July, and adults emerge July to September.
Life cycle (West of the Rockies)
Canadian Forest Service Publications
Diet and feeding behaviour
: Feeds on the leaves of plants.
- Free-living defoliator: Feeds on and moves about freely on foliage.