H. Edwards, 1881
Catocala miranda, Louisiana, courtesy of Vernon A. Brou.
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Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
Catocala miranda, the Miranda
Underwing, (wingspan: 37-45mm) flies from Illinois, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts
to Florida and west to western North Carolina. The specimen depicted above was taken in Louisiana.
The forewing is a plain pale grey with very light and fine black lines,
darker and wider near the costa. The hindwing is black with white fringe at the apex,
turning to grey along the outer margin.
Miranda is smaller than look-alike orba and miranda
also has a dark bar just above the inner margin in the median area, projecting toward the anal angle.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
Catocala miranda are usually on the wing
from May to early June.
The Catocala miranda caterpillar shows a preference for
Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala miranda 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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