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Catocala blandula

Catocala blandula
Harms Woods Forest Preserve, Glenview, Cook County, Illinois, USA
July 30, 2007
Size: ~20mm long
Nearby was this beauty nestled into a Red Oak. We're thinking this is Catocala mira or C.blandula but don't know how to decide between them.

Moved from Underwings.

Moved from Charming Underwing.


catocala blandula (8867) Charming Underwing
This moth is Catocala blandula.

* Update: Received confirmation of blandula from another source that says mira should never have AM/PM lines that meet near the inner margin, and that photos of "mira" which display this feature are mis-ID'd and should be blandula. Thanks for the help Richard.

I'm leaning mira over blandula. The two are incredibly similar. I'd say a worn mira looks closest, but I haven't thoroughly reviewed the Catocala plates yet.

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