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Species Catocala myristica - Hodges#8780.1

Catocala Moth - Catocala myristica
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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 myristica (Catocala myristica - Hodges#8780.1)
Hodges Number
8780.1
Size
WS: 78-80mm, FW: 33-37mm
Identification
Two forms:


(Images © Ricky Patterson c/o MPG)
Range
Southeastern USA, particularly in the "Blackbelt" region.

Regarding geographic regions, the term "Blackbelt" is "still used in the physiographic sense, to describe a crescent-shaped region about 300 miles (480 km) long and up to 25 miles (40 km) wide, extending from southwest Tennessee to east-central Mississippi and then east through Alabama to the border with Georgia." (Source: Wikipedia)
Habitat
Deciduous forests and open woodlands in close association with Carya myristiciformis
Season
Flight period: June-August
Food
Nutmeg Hickory, Carya myristiciformis (see distribution map of host), and possibly other spp. of Carya
See Also
C.robinsonii is similar to unbarred gray form of myristica, but the PM line of myristica has darkened, thickened black scaling at parallel section of the PM line near inner margin, which is barely present in robinsonii if at all. Also, the reniform spot of myristica is noticeably more filled with brown scaling.

C.flebilis is similar to the barred form of myristica, sharing the black bar that travels from the apex to the mid basal area. The two can be separated by the thicker, more intense, unbroken appearance of the black bar in myristica, verses the thinner black barring often appearing nearly broken between the reniform and subreniform spot in the median area.

C.angusi in its barred form is also somewhat similar to the barred form of myristica, but more easily distinguished by its black barring having a distinct break in the median area at the reniform/subreniform spot.