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The forewing colouration is a mottled light to dark grey with no strongly contrasting lines, dashes or bars. At the inner margin the antemedial line ends with in a very light coloured crescent. The subrenifrom spot is also light coloured and "comma" shaped.
The hindwing is black and the fringe is pure white with thin, sharp (pointed) checking.
Strecker probably chose the species name from the Edgar Alan Poe poem, "Ulalume":
But were stopped by the door of a tomb--
By the door of a legended tomb;
And I said:"What is written, sweet sister,
On the door of this legended tomb?"
'Tis the vault of thy lost Ulalume!"
I have not Latinized the final "e" in ulalume as the name (rhymes with tomb) is taken directly from the poem.
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS, AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
Image courtesy of
Mockernut hickory/white hickory
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