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Species Catocala sordida - Sordid Underwing - Hodges#8846

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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 sordida (Sordid Underwing - Hodges#8846)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala sordida Grote, 1877 (1)
Catocala gracilis var. sordida Grote, 1877 (2)
Catocala gracilis form metalomus Mayfield, 1922 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "dirty, low down, sordid."
Wingspan 37-45 mm. (3)
Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, south to at least Georgia, west to Oklahoma. (3)
Lectotype female: Centre [Albany County], NY. (4)
Larval hosts are blueberry and hackberry. (3)
See Also
Catacola gracilis has incomplete hindwing dark inner loop (same hindwing loop is complete on sordida); dark scaling extends full length of inner margin (dark scaling limited to median area of inner margin on sordida; forewing ST line teeth sharp and long (short and blunt on sordida. (3)
Print References
Grote, A.R., 1877. Notes on Catocalae. The Canadian Entomologist 9(9): 170. (under Catocala gracilis)
Works Cited
1.Notes on the life histories of North American Catocalae, with descriptions of two new forms.
T.D. Mayfield. 1922. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 17: 114-120, 138-142.
2.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
3.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala
4.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.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group