This site has been created by
Bill Oehlke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.
However, Gabe Larrabee writes (August 15, 2005, "I have caught two specimens in one night so far in central Wisconsin, both males. They are actually common to abundant in certain areas of Wisconsin where sweetfern grows, as I have been told by Leslie Ferge."
Tom Middagh reports them from Minnesota.
The very dark grey, almost black, forewing ground colour distinguishes antinympha. There is some brown shading in the subreniform spot and also just outside the postmedial line.
The hindwing is amber to pale orange.
Catocala antinympha is the same as C. paranympha Drury, 1773; affinis Westwood, 1837 and melanympha Guenee, 1852
There is also the form multoconspicua Reiff, 1919 with a pale, almost white subreniform spot. Image courtesy of Cindy Mead, Michigan.
Catocala antinympha Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
In more southerly locales there may be multiple flights, but it is generally believed that all Catocala are univoltine (single brooded).
Moths come in to lights readily and also to bait.
The Catocala antinympha caterpillar shows a preference for Comptonia peregrina (sweetfern) and seems to be host specific.
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS, AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
Image courtesy of
Return to Main Index