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Species Catocala piatrix - The Penitent - Hodges#8771

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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 piatrix (The Penitent - Hodges#8771)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala piatrix Grote, 1864 (1), (2), (3)
Catabapta piatrix (4)
Phylogentic sequence #930762
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin pio (to appease, purify) -trix (used to form a feminine nouns or adjectives) meaning "penitent."
Two subspecies are recognized. (5)
Catocala piatrix piatrix Grote, 1864
Catocala piatrix dionyza Hy. Edwards, 1884 (6)
Wingspan 68-84 mm. (7)
Forewing length 31-36 mm. (8)
Larva - green or brown, striate rather than mottled. (8)
Eastern North America from southern Ontario south to Texas and west from Texas to southern California. (8)
Lectotype male: N.Y. (9)
Adults fly July-November.
Larval hosts include: (8)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Juglans cinerea (butternut)
Carya (hickory)
Life Cycle
Recently hatched larva; larva; larva; head capsule; final instar larva; pupa; adult
See Also
Catocala neogama
Catocala subnata
Compare C. subnata, C.neogama, C.piatrix. (7)
Print References
Barnes, Wm. & J.H. McDunnough, 1918. Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1): 5; Pl.6, f.2-3; Pl.13, f.5 (larva). (3)
Covell, C.V., 1984. A field guide to the moths of eastern North America. p.172, plate 37 #11 (10)
Grote, A.R., 1864. Descriptions of North America Lepidoptera, No. 3. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 3: 88. (1)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, p.261, pl.14.1 (8)
Works Cited
1.Descriptions of North America Lepidoptera, No. 3.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1864. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 3: 73-92.
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.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
5.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
6.Apparently new species of N. American Heterocera.
Henry Edwards. 1884. Papilio 4(7-8): 121-126.
7.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala
8.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
9.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.
10.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
11.North American Moth Photographers Group