Catocala cara carissima

Catocala cara carissima
kah-TOCK-uh-lahmm KAH-ruh mm kah-ris-SEE-muh
Hulst, 1880


Catocala cara carissima Louisiana, courtesy of Vernon A. Brou.

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TAXONOMY:

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

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DISTRIBUTION:

The Catocala cara carissima moth (wingspan: 70-85mm) flies from Georgia to Texas.

There is a distinct light grey brown area at the forewing apex, preceded just inside the postmedial line by a similar but slightly darker patch. The antemedial and post medial lines are sharp and dark.

The inner black band of the hindwing is wide and complete and merges with extensive grey-black scaling along the inner margin. The hindwing fringe is cream coloured.

Images to the right courtesy of James K. Adams.

FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:

Catocala cara carissima flies as a single generation with moths on the wing from May into June. The foodplant of the Catocala cara carissima caterpillar is unknown, but I suspect poplars and willows.

Catocala cara carissima, typical resting pose, Louisiana, Tee Tarleton.

ECLOSION:

Adults eclose from pupae formed under leaf litter.

SCENTING AND MATING:

Catocala cara carissima 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.

Image courtesy of Gerald J. Lenhard, Louisiana State University

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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