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Species Catocala minuta - Little Underwing - Hodges#8874

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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 minuta (Little Underwing - Hodges#8874)
Hodges Number
8874
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catocala minuta Edwards, 1864 (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)
Catocala parvula Edwards, 1864 (1), (6)
Catocala minuta var. parvula Edwards, 1864 (3)
Catocala minuta var. mellitula Hulst, 1884 (3)
Catocala minuta form "Hiseri" Cassino, 1918 (28)
Catocala minuta var. eureka Schwarz, 1919 (16)
Catocala minuta var. obliterata Schwarz, 1919 (preocc.) (17)
Phylogenetic sequence #930856
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "little, small."
Form "Hiseri" named for Mrs. O.F. Hiser, who collected the first specimens.
Numbers
110 Catocala species occur in America north of Mexico. (7), (8)
Size
Forewing length 17-19 mm. (7)
Range
Rare in the east, west to Nebraska, Colorado and Texas. (7)
Lectotype: New York. (6)
Food
Larval host is honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos) (9), (7)
Life Cycle
Larva; adult
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.43; Pl.9, f.1-6; Pl.11, f.12-13 (larva). (4)
Covell, C.V. 1984. Peterson's Field Guide to Eastern Moths" p.315, pl. 33.(10)
Edwards, W.H., 1864. Descriptions of certain species of Catocala, found within the United States. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 2: 512. (1)
Lafontaine J.D., & B.C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. (8)
Powell, J. A., & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. Pl. 45.11m; p. 262. (7)
Works Cited
1.Descriptions of certain species of Catocala, found within the United States.
William Henry Edwards. 1864. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 2: 508-512.
2.On the North American species of Catocala.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1872. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 1-20.
3.The genus Catocala.
George. D. Hulst. 1884. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 7(1): 14-56.
4.Illustrations of the North American species of the genus Catocala.
William Barnes, James Halliday McDunnough. 1918. Memoirs of the AMNH 2(1).
5.Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera, Erebidae) IV. Nomenclatorial stabilization of the ....
Lawrence Gall, David Hawks. 2010. Zookeys 39: 37-83.
6.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.
7.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
8.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 .
9.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database
10.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
11.North American Moth Photographers Group
12.Bill Oehlke's North American Catocala