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Species Catocala retecta-luctuosa - Yellow-gray Underwing and Hulst's Underwing

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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 retecta-luctuosa (Yellow-gray Underwing and Hulst's Underwing)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala retecta Grote(1), 1872 (2), (3)
Catocala luctuosa Hulst, 1884 (4) (was formerly a subspecies of retecta, now considered separate species)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) included 101 species of the genus Catocala in America north of Mexico. (5)
Powell & Opler (2009) reported 110 species in all of North America, and about 230 worldwide. (6)
60-75 mm.
FW pale gray, some with yellowish brown shading. Distinct pattern with 2 black dashes near the base, with others below apex, and on PM line. Black HW with a white checkered fringe.

*Description applies to luctuosa as well, and the two species are essentially indistinguishable by photo/appearance, hence the combined page for the two.
Southern Quebec to Georgia, west to Wisconsin and Arkansas.
July to October
Hickory and Walnut
Catocala retecta and luctuosa are essentially indistinguishable by photo/appearance, hence the combined page for the two species.
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Works Cited
1.Augustus Radcliffe Grote, Lepidopterist (1841-1903)
2.On the North American species of Catocala.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1872. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 1-20.
3.Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala.
William Barnes, James Halliday McDunnough. 1918. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1).
4.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
5.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 .
6.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
7.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
8.North American Moth Photographers Group
9.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems