Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Guenée, 1852 (1)
Grote & Robinson, 1866 (4)
Grote, 1876 (6)
Adult - forewing mottled gray, white, and brown; subreniform spot usually white with pale bar passing through it; vague blackish bar from base to outer margin, darkest below apex; in form "scintillans", forewing completely dark brown to blackish except pale band beyond ST line, and pale strip along inner margin near base. Hindwing black with orange bands and fringe in both forms. [adapted from description by Charles Covell]
Southern Ontario and Quebec to Florida, west to Texas, Wisconsin and Minnesota. (10)
Holotype male: "Amerique septentrionale". (5)
Adults fly from June to September.
Larvae feed on leaves of: (11)
honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
black walnut (Juglans nigra)
One generation per year; overwinters as an egg laid on tree bark in the fall.
Catocala micronympha) has a broken blackish shade curving from costa through reniform spot to outer margin; the form "grisela" is similar to the innubens form "scintillans" but lacks a pale strip along inner margin near base of forewing.
Barnes, Wm. & J.H. McDunnough, 1918. Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala. Memoirs of the AMNH
, f.9-11; Pl.11
, f.10 (larva). (3)
Guenée A. & J.B. Boisduval, 1852. Vol. 7. Noctuélites, tome 3. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Spécies général des lépidoptères. Roret, Paris, 98