Catocala jair

Catocala jair
kah-TOCK-uh-lah mm JAY-ihr
Strecker, 1897


Catocala jair (Florida) by Harold J. Vermes.

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TAXONOMY:

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

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DISTRIBUTION:

Catocala jair, the Jair Underwing (wingspan: 35-40mm), flies in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, in the coastal plain in Bladen County, North Carolina and in the northern half of Florida. Jeffrey R. Slotten has also recorded jair in Concan, Texas, May 21, 1995.

The moth is hard to distinguish from amica, but jair has broader, blunter forewings than amica and the post medial line of jair is straighter (much less dentate) than that of amica. The hindwings of both species seem identical.

FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:

Catocala jair are usually on the wing from May to June. The Catocala jair caterpillar feeds on oaks.

Catocala jair (New Jersey) by Harold J. Vermes.

ECLOSION:

Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.

SCENTING AND MATING:

Catocala jair 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.......

Oak

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