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Species Catocala epione - Epione Underwing - Hodges#8773

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Classification
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 epione (Epione Underwing - Hodges#8773)
Hodges Number
8773
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala epione (Drury, 1773) (1), (2), (3)
Phalaena epione Drury, 1773
Noctua marginata Fabricius, 1775 (597)
Phylogenetic sequence #930764
Explanation of Names
Epione was a mythological Greek healer, wife of Aesclepius, mother of Hygeia, Panacea, Machaon and several others.
Numbers
110 species in the genus for North America north of Mexico. (4), (5)
Identification
Hindwings sooty black with sharp white fringes. On forewings, the outer (reniform) spot is smudged and inconspicuous, the inner (subreniform) spot elongated and teardrop-shaped with the sharp end pointed posteriorly.
Range
Maine and southern Ontario south to Florida, west to Minnesota, Kansas, and Texas.
Type locality: New York.
Season
Flies June through September
Food
Adults can be attracted to bait. Larvae feed on hickory foliage, esp. Shagbark.
Life Cycle
Eggs laid on tree bark. Pupates under leaf litter.
Remarks
Fairly active; reportedly will fly to the ground when disturbed.
Print References
Barnes, Wm. & J.H. McDunnough, 1918. Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1): 6; Pl.1, f.16; Pl.13, f.3 (larva) (3)
Drury, D., 1773. Illustrations of natural history 1: 47; Pl.23, f.2.
Lafontaine J.D., and B.C. Schmidt, 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p.30.(5)
Works Cited
1.On the North American species of Catocala.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1872. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 1-20.
2.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
3.Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala.
William Barnes, James Halliday McDunnough. 1918. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1).
4.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
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.North American Moth Photographers Group
7.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala