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Species Catocala andromedae - Gloomy Underwing - Hodges#8849

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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 andromedae (Gloomy Underwing - Hodges#8849)
Hodges Number
8849
Other Common Names
Andromeda Underwing
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala andromedae (Guenée, 1852) (1), (2), (3), (4)
Hypogramma andromedae Guenée, 1852 (5)
Catocala tristis Edwards, 1864 (6), (7), (8), (3)
Phylogenetic sequence #930835
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from the host plant (Andromeda arborea) identified by Guenée.
Size
Wingspan 40-50 mm.
Identification
Adult - forewing light gray with dark inner margin; very dark "flying saucer" shape joining subreniform spot to midpoint of AM line; PM line with short blunt "teeth" outwardly edged with white; ST line outwardly edged with white. Underside of forewing entirely black except unbroken white median band
hindwing black with dark gray fringe and small white patch at outer angle.
Mature larva - body tan, brown, or gray with longitudinal stripes; head noticeably streaked.
Range
Maine to Florida, west to Texas and Oklahoma.
Lectotype: Georgia [unpublished John Abbot illustration, vol.8, plate 273, BMNH]. (3)
Food
Larvae feed on blueberry (Vaccinium). Also been reported on sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum, =Andromeda arborea), blueberry, fetterbush (Lyonia), hickory and oak but these records are questionable. (9), (10)
Remarks
The adult rests with its head pointing downward.
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.36; Pl.1, f.18. (2)
Guenée A. & J.B. Boisduval, 1852. Vol. 7. Noctuélites, tome 3. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Spécies général des lépidoptères. Roret, Paris, 36. (5)
Works Cited
1.Notes on the life histories of North American Catocalae, with descriptions of two new forms.
T.D. Mayfield. 1922. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 17: 114-120, 138-142.
2.Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala.
William Barnes, James Halliday McDunnough. 1918. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1).
3.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.
4.Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera, Erebidae) IV. Nomenclatorial stabilization of the ....
Lawrence Gall, David Hawks. 2010. Zookeys 39: 37-83.
5. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Spécies général des lépidoptères. Vol. 7. Noctuélites, tome 3.
Achille Guenée & Jean Baptiste Boisduval. 1852. Roret, Paris, 441 pp.
6.Descriptions of certain species of Catocala, found within the United States.
William Henry Edwards. 1864. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 2: 508-512.
7.On the North American species of Catocala.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1872. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 1-20.
8.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
9.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database
10.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala