Henry Edwards, 1877
Catocala jessica, Arizona, courtesy of Bruce Walsh.
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Bill Oehlke at email@example.com
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.
Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
Catocala jessica, the Jessica
Underwing, (wingspan: mm), flies from Arizona to California.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
Catocala jessica are on the wing from June until August.
The Catocala jessica caterpillar feeds on poplars and willows.
Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala jessica females
emit an airbourne pheromone and males use their antennae to track the
Catocala jessica, Olive Drive area, Bakersfield, Kern County,
June 15 1988, Kelly Richers collector, at
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS, AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on
tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
Larval Food Plants
Listed below are primary food plant(s) and alternate food plants.
It is hoped that this alphabetical listing followed by the common
name of the foodplant will prove useful. The list is not exhaustive,
although some species seem very host specific.
Experimenting with closely related foodplants is worthwhile.
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