Catocala cleopatra
kah-TOCK-uh-lah mm klee-OH-pa-truh
Strecker, 1874


Catocala cleopatra, British Columbia .

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TAXONOMY:

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

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DISTRIBUTION:

Catocala cleopatra, (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.

ECLOSION:

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 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.

Gleditsia triacanthos
Malus
Malus pumila
Prunus
Prunus americana
Prunus ilicifolia
Ulmus


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