Catocala cleopatra, British Columbia
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Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
(wingspan: 65mm) flies from British Columbia south to California.
I am not sure, but I think cleopatra is synonomous with faustina.
The head and thorax are a dark bluish grey while the abdomen
is a brownish grey. The primaries are dark
bluish grey. The transverse lines, reniform and sub-reniform are
indistinct with some yellowish brown shading on the upper surface.
The bands are relatively narrow, the fringe (unbroken) is white
on the exterior margin and grey near the abdomen.
Catocala faustina cleopatra, male, Bakersfield, Kern County, CA,
400', Kelly Richers collector, on fence, June 22 1983.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
Catocala cleopatra are usually on the wing from June to early September.
The Catocala cleopatra caterpillar feeds on
Gleditsia triacanthos, Malus, Malus pumila, Prunus,
Prunus americana, Prunus ilicifolia and Ulmus.
Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala cleopatra 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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