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Moth - Catocala piatrix

Moth - Catocala piatrix
Deville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, USA
September 2, 2008
Found during day while cutting away a downed tree on roof during Gustav. Might have been there from the night before due to porch lights (at least until power was lost:))

Moved from The Little Wife Underwing .

Thanks to Jonn for questioning the original ID. Upon a second look, it does in fact match better with piatrix, particularly the AM line and apical area.

Moved from Underwings.

Thanks for your help with this one. I will move this to species and invite anybody to comment with any reason they might agree or disagree with moving it.

Moved from Moths.

Widow Underwing
Widow Underwing perhaps?

Reminds me of...
... one of the underwing moths in the genus Catocala.

I would have to agree...
This does look to be Catocala but I can't narrow it down to a species. Too many options. I will leave the image here for a couple of days and see if anybody can get a species figured out.

Thanks for you help Carmen!

Looks to be a Catocala muliercula.

And another opinion...
Catocala amestris.

This has been suggested by the creator of

I didn't go with amestris for a couple of reasons. In amestris the AM and PM lines typically appear doubled, rather than single lines. Also, the forewings of amestris are generally more contrastingly colored with a distinctively more pale subterminal area. It's definitely a close call between the two, but I still am inclined to lean toward this being a worn muliercula. But with it being a little worn, amestris is definitely a possibility that's hard to rule out. A hindwing shot would've clinched it one way or the other. Maybe we can get a couple more opinions though, and confirm this fella to species.