J. Bauer, 1965
Catocala louiseae, male, Louisiana,
courtesy of Vernon A. Brou.
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Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
Catocala louiseae, Louise's
Underwing, (wingspan: 40mm) flies in North Carolina south to Florida
and west to Arkansas and Texas.
There is a distinct white "smile" (in spread specimens) between the reniform and subreniform spots.
There is also a narrow but distinct white line immediately following the black postmedial line.
The hindwing is a deep yellow orange and the outer black band is interrupted and
then followed by a dot, ending before the inner margin.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
Catocala louiseae are usually on the wing in May.
The foodplant for the Catocala louiseae caterpillar
Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala louiseae females
emit an airbourne pheromone and males use their antennae to track the
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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