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Species Catocala andromedae - Gloomy Underwing - Hodges#8849

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Erebinae
Tribe Catocalini
Genus Catocala (Underwings)
Species andromedae (Gloomy Underwing - Hodges#8849)
Hodges Number
8849
Other Common Names
Andromeda Underwing
Pronunciation
an-DRAW-muh-dee
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
* phylogenetic sequence #930835
Size
wingspan 40-50 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing light gray with dark inner margin; very dark "flying saucer" shape joining subreniform spot to midpoint of AM line; PM line with short blunt "teeth" outwardly edged with white; ST line outwardly edged with white
underside of forewing entirely black except unbroken white median band
hindwing black with dark gray fringe and small white patch at outer angle

Mature larva: body tan, brown, or gray with longitudinal stripes; head noticeably streaked
Range
Maine to Florida, west to Texas and Oklahoma (Covell's Guide mentions Quebec but the species is not on the Moths of Canada list at CBIF)
Season
adults fly in July and August in Maine; earlier in the south
larva in May and June
Food
larvae feed on Tree Andromeda [Sorrel-tree], blueberry, fetterbush (Lyonia spp.), hickory, oak
Life Cycle
one generation per year
Remarks
The adult rests with its head pointing downward.
Internet References
pinned and live adult and larva images plus distribution, description, larval food plants (Bill Oehlke, silkmoths.bizland.com)
live adult image and common name reference [Gloomy Underwing] (John Himmelman, Connecticut)
live larva image plus common name reference [Andromeda Underwing], detailed description, seasonality, food plants (David Wagner and Valerie Giles, Caterpillars of Eastern Forests; USGS)