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Catocala retecta - Hodges #8788 - Catocala vidua

Catocala retecta - Hodges #8788 - Catocala vidua
Moccasin Lake, Winston, Douglas County, Georgia, USA
October 4, 2008
Size: about 80 mm span
Found this fellow in MPG. Could not find a listing in BG, but it has the appearance of this species more so than anything else I looked at. Can anyone elaborate on this or correct the ID?

Very nice shot of a Catocala vidua. The size is a bit large for retecta and the wing maculations are a wee bit different. I just collected a nice vidua female two weeks ago - flawless condition and darned if she didn't knock a small piece out of her FW.

Moved from Underwings.

Thank you
Thank you J.D. for the correction. I've had several of these to come in to my porch light the past few nights.

Hi Jerry,

I posted a comment earlier today indicating that this Catocala is similar to one I posted on Bugguide recently which I was thinking might be Catocala dejecta.
However, after seeing your Catocala (retecta?) and reviewing this species more closely, I'm thinking that mine could be also be retecta.
My photo does not show the hindwing as yours does, but it was dark.


Yes, I agree that yours and mine are the same. I too, am an amateur and so I'm hoping that an expert or someone a whole lot more knowledgeable than I will chime in.

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