Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Catocala marmorata - Marbled Underwing - Hodges#8804

Underwing moth, possibly Catocala marmorata - Catocala marmorata Catocala parta - Catocala marmorata Marbled Underwing, 8804 - Catocala marmorata
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 marmorata (Marbled Underwing - Hodges#8804)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala marmorata Edwards, 1864 (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)
Phylogenetic sequence #930796
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "marbled."
There are 110 named species of Catocala in America north of Mexico. (7), (6)
Wingspan 85-95 mm. (8)
The original Edwards (1864) description is available online in the print references below.
Forewing has a dark arc extending from the costa through the reniform spot to the outer margin ending just below the apex.
Vermont and South Carolina, west to Indiana and Illinois. (8)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Edwards' description stating "From Yreka, California" is in error. (9)
The adults are most common from June to December. (10)
Larval foodplant uncertain but probably poplar and willow sp.
Larvae have been laboratory reared on the following:
Narrowleaf willow, Salix exigua
Eastern cottonwood, Populus deltoides .
Rare to uncommon throughout the range.
See Also
Catocala maestosa which has a similar black FW arc but a black HW

Compare to related species on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
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.19. (5)
Edwards, W.H., 1864. Description of certain species of Catocala found within the United States. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia, 2: 508. (1)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.On the North American species of Catocala.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1872. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 1-20.
3.Pacific Coast Lepidoptera, No. 14. Notes on the genus Catocala, with descriptions of new species.
Henry Edwards. 1875. Proceedings of the California Academy 6: 207-215.
4.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
5.Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala.
William Barnes, James Halliday McDunnough. 1918. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1).
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.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
8.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala
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.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
12.Butterflies of North America