Catocala orba, Louisiana, courtesy of Vernon Antoine Brou.
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Bill Oehlke at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
The Orba underwing, Catocala orba
flies from Massachusetts (rare) south to Georgia and Florida, west
to Texas, and as far north as Mississippi.
The forewing is a uniform grey with light lines and poorly
The hindwing underside is completely black. The
hindwing fringe is unbroken and slightly off white, somewhat grey.
may be a slightly larger subspecies or form of miranda.
Catocala orba courtesy of J.K. Adams.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
Catocala orba are on the wing in May in Texas and from June
to late July elsewhere, possibly into August.
Marion County, Florida, courtesy of Leroy Simon.
The Catocala orba caterpillar probably feeds on
hickories and walnuts.
Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala orba 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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