Catocala californiensis
kah-TOCK-uh-lah mm kahl-ih-for-nee-EN-sis
Brower, 1976

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TAXONOMY:

Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Group: Noctuinina
Subfamily: Catocalinae
Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802

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DISTRIBUTION:

Catocala californiensis (wingspan: mm) probably flies in southern California.

FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:

Catocala californiensis are usually on the wing in June and July.

The Catocala californiensis caterpillar shows a preference for Quercus turbinella.

ECLOSION:

Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.

SCENTING AND MATING:

Catocala californiensis females emit an airbourne pheromone and males use their antennae to track the scent plume.

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.

Quercus turbinella......

Shrub Live Oak

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