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Species Catocala maestosa - Sad Underwing - Hodges#8793

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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 maestosa (Sad Underwing - Hodges#8793)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala maestosa Hulst, 1884 (1), (2)
Catocala moderna Grote, 1900 (191), (3)
Catocalal viduata Guenée, 1852 (4), (5), (3)
Phylogenetic sequence #930789 (6)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin maiestas (Italian maestoso) meaning "majestically."
Wingspan 78-98 mm. (7)
Forewing has arcing dark line. Reniform spot large and brown. Also brown shading along am. and pm. lines.
Heppner (2003) reported the range to include New York to Florida, Illinois to Texas. (8)
July-October in much of range. April-November in South.
Life Cycle
Larval hosts include: (9)
water hickory (Carya aquatica)
pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
black walnut (Juglans nigra)
See Also
Widow Underwing, Catocala vidua
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.14; Pl.1, f.7; Pl.11, f.7 (larva). (2)
Covell p. 306, plate 34 #9 (10)
Hulst, G.D., 1884. The genus Catocala. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 53. (1)
Works Cited
1.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
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. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Spécies général des lépidoptères. Vol. 7. Noctuélites, tome 3.
Achille Guenée & Jean Baptiste Boisduval. 1852. Roret, Paris, 441 pp.
5.On the North American species of Catocala.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1872. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 1-20.
6.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 .
7.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala
8.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
9.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database
10.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
11.North American Moth Photographers Group
12.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems