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Species Catocala innubens - The Betrothed - Hodges#8770

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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 innubens (The Betrothed - Hodges#8770)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala innubens Guenée, 1852 (1), (2), (3)
Catocala scintillans Grote & Robinson, 1866 (4), (2), (5)
Catocala innubens var. flavidalis Grote, 1876 (6), (7), (8), (5)
Catabapta innubens (9)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "betrothed."
Wingspan 55-72 mm. (10)
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)
Life Cycle
One generation per year; overwinters as an egg laid on tree bark in the fall.
Larva; adult
See Also
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.
Print References
Barnes, Wm. & J.H. McDunnough, 1918. Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1): 5; Pl.7, 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. (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.Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala.
William Barnes, James Halliday McDunnough. 1918. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1).
4.Lepidopterological notes and descriptions - no. 2.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote & Coleman T. Robinson. 1866. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 6: 1-30, Pl.3,4.
5.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.
6.Remarks on North American Noctuidae with descriptions of new species
A. R. Grote . 1874. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 5: 89-98.
7.New moths from Arizona, with remarks on Catocala and Heliothis.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1881. Papilio 1(7): 153-168.
8.Notes on some species of Catocala.
William Beutenmüller . 1903. Bulletin of the AMNH, 19(19): 505-510.
9.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
10.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala
11.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database
12.North American Moth Photographers Group