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Species Catocala micronympha - Little Nymph Underwing - Hodges#8876

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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 micronympha (Little Nymph Underwing - Hodges#8876)
Hodges Number
8876
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala micronympha Guenée, 1852 (1), (2), (3), (4)
Catocala fratercula Grote & Robinson, 1866 (5), (2), (6)
Catocala atarah Strecker, 1874 (7), (8)
Catocala fratercula var. jacquenetta Hy. Edwards, 1880 (9), (10)
Catocala timandra Hy. Edwards, 1880 (9), (10)
Catocala gisela Meyer, 1880 (in Edwards) (11), (10), (4)
Catocala clintonii var. helene Pilate, 1882 (31)
Catocala micronympha var. hero Hulst, 1884 (10)
Catocala micronympha var. hero Hy. Edwards, 1884 (preoccupied name)
Catocala fratercula form "ouwah" Poling, 1901 (128)
Catocala micronympha form "lolita" Sargent, 1976 (12)
Catocala micronympha form "sargenti" Covell, 1978 (221)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet Greek prefix μικρός (micro-) and νύμφη (nympha) meaning "little bride, mistress." Can also be for insect nymph or a mythological nymph but Guenée and other early authors was in the habit of naming Catocala for the marital status of girls and women.
Form "sargenti" named for Theodore D. Sargent.
Size
Wingspan 35-50 mm. (13)
Identification
Adult - variable forewing with distinctive PM line.
Range
Eastern North America, Texas to Manitoba eastward.
Type locality: S[aint] Catherines Island, Liberty Co[unty], Georgia, USA. (6)
Season
Adults seen July to September, May to September in the south.
Food
Larvae feed on oaks: (14)
Quercus macrocarpa
Quercus stellata
Quercus virginiana
Print References
Barnes, Wm. & J.H. McDunnough, 1918. Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1): p.43; Pl.9, f.22-30 Pl.14, f.11 (larva). (3)
Guenée A. & J.B. Boisduval, 1852. Vol. 7. Noctuélites, tome 3. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Spécies général des lépidoptères. Roret, Paris, 102. (1)
Works Cited
1. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Spécies général des lépidoptères. Vol. 7. Noctuélites, tome 3.
Achille Guenée & Jean Baptiste Boisduval. 1852. Roret, Paris, 441 pp.
2.On the North American species of Catocala.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1872. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 1-20.
3.Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala.
William Barnes, James Halliday McDunnough. 1918. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1).
4.Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera, Erebidae) IV. Nomenclatorial stabilization of the ....
Lawrence Gall, David Hawks. 2010. Zookeys 39: 37-83.
5.Lepidopterological notes and descriptions - no. 2.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote & Coleman T. Robinson. 1866. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 6: 1-30, Pl.3,4.
6.Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). III.
Gall, Lawrence F. & David C. Hawks. 2002. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 56(4): 234-264.
7.Lepidoptera, Rhopaloceres and Heteroceres, indigenous and exotic; with descriptions and colored illustrations (v. 8-11)
Herman Strecker. 1874. Owen's Steam Book & Job Printing.
8.Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). I.
Gall, Lawrence F. & David C. Hawks. 1990. Fieldiana. Zoology. 59: 1-16.
9.Notes upon the genus Catocala, with descriptions of new varieties and species.
Henry Edwards. 1880. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 3(7): 53-62.
10.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
11.Descriptions of some new species of Catocala.
Henry Edwards. 1880. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 2(12): 93-97.
12.Legion of Night: The Underwing Moths
Theodore D. Sargent. 1976. University of Massachusetts Press.
13.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala
14.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database
15.North American Moth Photographers Group