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Species Catocala habilis - Habilis Underwing - Hodges#8778

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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 habilis (Habilis Underwing - Hodges#8778)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala habilis Grote, 1872 (1)
Catocala habilis var. "basalis" Grote, 1876 (2)
Catabapta habilis (3)
Phylogenetic sequence #930768 (4)
Explanation of Names
HABILIS: a Latin word meaning suitable or fit [from habere: to have, hold] able; skillful; handy; clever. Has no particular significance in this case - the common names given to species of Catocala are often fanciful and arbitrary.
Wingspan 55-65 mm. (5)
Grote (1872) originally listed the wingspan 60-65 mm. (6)
Grote (1872) original description. "Smaller and slighter than C. palaeogama, of the same general habit, with paler more evenly colored primaries. Fore wings pale grey with a greenish tint. All the lines black, narrow, often indistinct. Basal half-line and t. a. line as in C. palaeogama. T p. line with less prominent teeth, and differing by being connected with and encircling the inconspicuous sub-reniform, which is usually open, a, little paler than the ground color of the wing, moderate, sub-pyriform, excavated outwardly. The sub-median sinus is prominent and more broadly marked: the t. p. line followed by a faint whitish shade. The s. t. space is inconspicuously brownish; s. t. line faint, preceded by a whitish shade much as in C. palaeogama. Terminal interspaceal points evident. Secondaries dark yellow, a little paler than C. palaeogama; bands similar, the median a little broader, the marginal proportionally a little narrower than in C. palaeogama. Thorax pale grey, concolorous with primaries; thoracic lines sub-obsolete.
[description by Charles Covell] Forewing light gray; ST line whitish, scalloped; AM and PM lines black with white accents; lower PM line forms a dash near inner margin; black basal dash present in some specimens. Hindwing banded orange and black.
Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Maine, south to North Carolina, west to Arkansas. (5)
Lectotype male: Pennsylvania. (7)
Adults fly from July to October.
Larvae feed on leaves of: (8)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
butternut (Juglans cinerea)
black walnut (Juglans nigra)
Life Cycle
One generation per year.
Print References
Barnes, Wm. & J.H. McDunnough, 1918. Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1): p.8; Pl.7,f.5; Pl.12, f.1 (larva). (1)
Grote, A.R., 1872. North American species of Catocala. The Canadian Entomologist 4(9): 164.
Grote, A.R., 1872. On the North American species of Catocala. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 11. (6)
Works Cited
1.Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala.
William Barnes, James Halliday McDunnough. 1918. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1).
2.On species of Catocala
A. R. Grote. 1876. The Canadian Entomologist, 8(12): 229-232.
3.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
4.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
5.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala
6.On the North American species of Catocala.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1872. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 1-20.
7.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.
8.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database
9.North American Moth Photographers Group
10.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems