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Species Catocala pretiosa - Precious Underwing - Hodges#8858.1

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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 pretiosa (Precious Underwing - Hodges#8858.1 )
Hodges Number
8858.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala pretiosa Lintner, 1876 (1), (2)
Catocala pretiosa was formerly synonym of Catocala crataegi
Phylogenetic sequence #930849
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "precious."
Numbers
There are about 110 Catocala species in America north of Mexico. (3)
Two subspecies.
Catocala pretiosa pretiosa Lintner, 1876
Catocala pretiosa texarkana Brower, 1976
Size
Wingspan 40-50 mm.
Identification
Adults - lighter median and basal area than the similar Catocala crataegi and Catocala mira
Larvae - figured in Rare, Declining, and Poorly Known Butterflies and Moths of Forests and Woodlands in the Eastern United States fig. 260, 261. (4)
Range
Catocala pretiosa texarkana is found from Florida to Texas.
Catocala pretiosa pretiosa is found in Connecticut , Maryland , Massachusetts , New Hampshire , New Jersey , New York , Ohio , Pennsylvania , Virginia.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Habitat
Mesic to wet hardwood forests, including riparian and seepage swamps. (4)
Food
Larval hosts include: (4)
Beach plum, Prunus maritima
Serviceberry, Amelanchier sp.
Apple, Malus sp.
Red chokeberry, Photinia arbutifolia
Life Cycle
See Schweitzer, 1982 in Print References. (1)
Remarks
See Also
Catocala crataegi

Catocala mira
Print References
Lintner, J.A., 1876. On Catocala pretiosa. The Canadian Entomologist 8(7): 121.
Schweitzer, D.F., 1982. The larva and status of Catocala pretiosa (Noctuidae), with designation of lectotype. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 36(1): 18-30. (1)
Works Cited
1.The larva and status of Catocala pretiosa (Noctuidae), with designation of lectotype.
Dale F. Schweitzer . 1982. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 36(1): 18-30.
2.Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera, Erebidae) IV. Nomenclatorial stabilization of the ....
Lawrence Gall, David Hawks. 2010. Zookeys 39: 37-83.
3.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 .
4.Rare, Declining, and Poorly Known Butterflies and Moths of Forests and Woodlands in the Eastern United States
Dale F. Schweitzer, Marc C. Minno, David L. Wagner. 2011. U.S. Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, FHTET-2011-01. .
5.Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth
6.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala