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Species Catocala atocala - Hodges#8787.1

Underwing on a tree - Catocala atocala Underwing on a tree 2 - Catocala atocala
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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 atocala (Catocala atocala - Hodges#8787.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala atocala Brou, 1985
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet a playful pun of the generic name.
Wingspan 33-37 mm. (Brou, 1985)
Known from Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida, north along the Mississippi River to southern Illinois, west in Oklahoma and Texas along the Red River and tributaries where Carya myristiciformis grows, and speculated to be in coastal South Carolina where the host is present. (Gall, Peacock & Slotten, 2002)
Holotype male and allotype female: Edgard, St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, 18 June 1982 (V.A. Brou Jr.).
The known larval host is nutmeg hickory (Carya myristiciformis). In lab rearings larvae took black walnut and butternut but refused shagbark hickory, bitternut hickory and pignut hickory. (Gall, Peacock & Slotten, 2002)
Formerly treated as a form of Strecker's Catocala agrippina. Strecker illustrated the form in the original description (fig.3) of that species.
Print References
Brou, V.A., 1985. A new species of Catocala (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) from the Gulf South, USA. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 87: 889-892.
Gall, L.F., J.W. Peacock & J.R. Slotten, 2002. Life history and immature stages of Catocala atocala (Noctuidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 56(1): 1-4.