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Species Catocala desdemona - Desdemona Underwing - Hodges#8835.1

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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 desdemona (Desdemona Underwing - Hodges#8835.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala desdemona Hy. Edwards, 1882 (1)
Catocala ixion Druce, 1890
Catocala delilah race utahensis Cassino, 1918 (14)
Catocala delilah utahensis form swetti Barnes & Benjamin, 1927
Catocala delilah desdemona form umbra Barnes & Benjamin, 1927
From early in the 20th century considered a subspecies of C. delilah. Returned to species level in 2010 by Hawks. (2)
Phylogenetic sequence #930817
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet for Desdemona, Othelo's wife in Shakespeare's Othelo. Actor and entomologist Henry Edwards was fond of using female characters from Shakespeare.
Central Oklahoma and central Texas westward to central Utah, and southward through Mexico and beyond. (2)
Type locality: Prescott, Arizona (J. Doll). (1)
In the southwest adults fly from May to November, with peaks in June and September. (2)
Oaks; host in the Huachuca Mountains, Arizona is Quercus oblongifolia. (2)
See Also
C. delilah
Print References
Edwards, Hy., 1882. New species of Heterocera. Papilio 2(1): 15. (1)
Works Cited
1.New species of Heterocera.
Henry Edwards. 1882. Papilio 2(1): 9-17.
2.Review of the Catocala delilah species complex (Lepidoptera, Erebidae)
David C. Hawks. 2010. ZooKeys 39 (2010) : Special issue: 13-35.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala