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Species Catocala lacrymosa - Tearful Underwing - Hodges#8794

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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 lacrymosa (Tearful Underwing - Hodges#8794)
Hodges Number
8794
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala lacrymosa Guenée, 1852 (1), (2), (2), (3)
Catocala lacrymosa var. "Paulina" Hy. Edwards, 1880 (4)
Catocala lacrymosa var. "Evalina" French, 1881 (110), (5)
Catocala lacrymosa var. "Zelica" French, 1881 (110), (5)
Catocala lacrymosa var. "Emilia" Hy. Edwards, 1881 (6)
Catabapta lacrymosa (5)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "weeping, full of tears."
Form "Emilia" named in honor of Miss Emily L. Morton (1841-1920), amateur insect collector/breeder and entomological artist.
Size
Wingspan 60-82 mm. (7)
Identification
Pattern variable, but note white crescents on inner margin of forewing. Hindwing is black with white fringe, but black near anal angle. (8)
Range
Eastern North America from Massachusetts to Florida, west to Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas.
Type locality: "Amerique septentrionale." (9)
Food
Larval hosts include: (10)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
English walnut (Juglans regia)
See Also
Absent a view of the HW, lacrymosa can be nearly indistinguishable from C. palaeogama, though lacrymosa does tend to have more prominent white chevrons at the inner margin and more prominent charcoal-colored "spikes" running parallel with the inner margin through the lower "tooth" of the PM line (typically broken or faded at median area in palaeogama)
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.14; Pl.2, f.1-7. (3)
Covell, p. 306, plate 35#3 (8)
Guenée A. & J.B. Boisduval, 1852. Vol. 7. Noctuélites, tome 3. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Spécies général des lépidoptères. Roret, Paris, 93. (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.Notes upon the genus Catocala, with descriptions of new varieties and species.
Henry Edwards. 1880. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 3(7): 53-62.
5.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
6.Descriptions of some new species of Heterocera.
Henry Edwards. 1881. Papilio 1(7): .
7.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala
8.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
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.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database
11.North American Moth Photographers Group