Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
(Guenée, 1852) (1)
Guenée, 1852 (5)
Edwards, 1864 (6)
Phylogenetic sequence #930835
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from the host plant (Andromeda arborea) identified by Guenée.
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.
Maine to Florida, west to Texas and Oklahoma.
Lectotype: Georgia [unpublished John Abbot illustration, vol.8, plate 273, BMNH]. (3)
Larvae feed on blueberry (Vaccinium
). Also been reported on sourwood
, =Andromeda arborea
), blueberry, fetterbush (Lyonia
), hickory and oak but these records are questionable. (9)
The adult rests with its head pointing downward.
Barnes, Wm. & J.H. McDunnough, 1918. Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala. Memoirs of the AMNH
, 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