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Species Catocala parta - Mother Underwing - Hodges#8806

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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 parta (Mother Underwing - Hodges#8806)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala parta Guenée, 1852 (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)
Catocala parta var. perplexa Strecker, 1873 (6), (7)
Catocala parta var. petulans Hulst, 1884 (3)
Catocala parta form forbesi Franclemont, 1938 (8)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "birth."
Form forbesi Franclemont, 1938 named for William Trowbridge Merrifield Forbes (1885-1968).
Wingspan 70-85 mm.
Adult - forewing mottled light gray and darker gray or brown with whitish patches; black basal, anal, and subapical dashes usually noticeable, sometimes indistinct; subreniform spot and area basal to reniform spot form a connected whitish patch; another whitish patch usually present mid-way along subterminal area. Hindwing black and yellowish-orange or salmon-colored; medial band black, narrow, does not reach inner margin; terminal band black, broad; fringe scalloped, yellowish-orange to whitish, continuous to apex; antennae simple; sexes alike. Some individuals have a distinct "face of Jesus" (with a thick white moustache) on the thorax.
Larva - long and slender, brown, with thin & faint dark lines along the back.
Nova Scotia to Maryland, west to Utah, north to Alberta.
Type locality: Baltimore. (9)
Riparian habitats, treed flood plains where host plants grow; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light and bait.
Adults fly from June to October. Larvae from May through August.
Larvae feed on leaves of poplar (Populus) and willow (Salix).
Life Cycle
One generation per year; overwinters as an egg.
See Also
Meske's Underwing has a similar mottled appearance with whitish patches but is slightly smaller and has a "dirty" or "dust-covered" forewing that lacks basal and anal dashes.
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.20; Pl.3, f.14; Pl.11, f.4 (larva). (4)
Guenée A. & J.B. Boisduval, 1852. Vol. 7. Noctuélites, tome 3. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Spécies général des lépidoptères. Roret, Paris, 84. (1)
Works Cited
1. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Spécies général des lépidoptères. Vol. 7. Noctuélites, tome 3.
Achille Guenée & Jean Baptiste Boisduval. 1852. Roret, Paris, 441 pp.
2.On the North American species of Catocala.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1872. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 1-20.
3.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
4.Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala.
William Barnes, James Halliday McDunnough. 1918. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1).
5.Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera, Erebidae) IV. Nomenclatorial stabilization of the ....
Lawrence Gall, David Hawks. 2010. Zookeys 39: 37-83.
6.Lepidoptera, Rhopaloceres and Heteroceres, indigenous and exotic; with descriptions and colored illustrations (v. 4-7)
Herman Strecker. 1873. Owen's Steam Book & Job Printing.
7.Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). I.
Gall, Lawrence F. & David C. Hawks. 1990. Fieldiana. Zoology. 59: 1-16.
8.Descriptions of new melanic forms (Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Noctuidae and Arctiidae).
John G. Franclemont. 1938. Entomological News 49: 108-114.
9.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.
10.North American Moth Photographers Group
11.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala