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Species Catocala faustina - Hodges#8811

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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 faustina (Catocala faustina - Hodges#8811)
Hodges Number
8811
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala faustina Strecker, 1873 (1)
Synonyms.
C. frenchii Poling, 1901
C. caerulea Beutenmüller, 1907
Phylogenetic sequence # 930801.
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) included 101 species of the genus Catocala in America north of Mexico, and listed three subspecies. (1)
C. f. fraustina Strecker, 1873
C. f. cleopatra Strecker, 1873
C. f. allusa Hulst, 1884
Powell & Opler (2009) reported 110 species in all of North America, and about 230 worldwide. (2)
Size
Forewing length 30-35 mm.(2)
Range
California to British Columbia and southeast to Colorado.
C. f. fraustina Strecker, 1873 (Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado)
C. f. cleopatra Strecker, 1873 (coastal southern California)
C. f. allusa Hulst, 1884 (N. California to British Columbia)
Catocala f. cleopatra is the the most common red underwing in the coastal areas of southern California.(2)
Food
Larval host is Salix (willow) species.
Print References
Powell, J.A., and P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl. 45, fig. 12; p. 262. (2)