Catocala atocala (male-Louisiana)
courtesy of Vernon A. Brou.
This site has been created by
Bill Oehlke at email@example.com
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.
Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
Catocala atocala, Brou's underwing,
(wingspan: mm) flies from Louisiana west to Oklahoma and north to
southern Illinois (possibly).
Vernon A. Brou chose the species name (rhyming) to try "to do
something unique: atocala is simply Catocala
without the C. (ka-ta-ko-la a-ta-ko-la)"
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
Catocala atocala are usually on the wing in July and August.
The Catocala atocala caterpillar eats Juglans nigra
and Juglans cinerea.
Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala atocala 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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