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Underwing - Catocala vidua

Underwing - Catocala vidua
Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
August 27, 2005
Size: 2 3/4 inch wingspread
A specimen from my collection. I belive this is either Catocala robinsoni or C. dejecta. Here is a link to where I identified it, Plate 46a.

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richard gillmore:Dennis is co
richard gillmore:Dennis is correct, this moth is Catocala vidua.

I believe this is Catocala vidua #8792. Here is my reasoning. True robinsoni actually has very little in the way of dark black markings. You will notice a thick black dash coming down from the forewing edge in near the body, where it meets up with a thin black line coming out from the body. The two converge and form a longer black streak. Above that near the top of the forewing is another black streak that parallels the one below. Dejectas black lines tend to be broken up into little dashes throughout the wing. While there are other dark underwings that may show long black streaks either in the middle or lower forewing, vidua is the only one I tend to see with TWO distinct streaks. I will happily stand corrected if anyone has a better idea.

Looks good to me. I must have looked over C. vidua on that page. Thanks again for your detailed comment.

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