Catocala lincolnana
kah-TOCK-uh-lah mm LING-ken-an-uh
Brower, 1976


Catocala lincolnana Louisiana, courtesy of Vernon A. Brou.

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Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.

TAXONOMY:

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

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DISTRIBUTION:

The rare Lincoln Underwing, Catocala lincolnana (wingspan: 40-50mm), flies from North Carolina (very rare) south to Florida and west through Arkansas to Texas.

The forewings are a pale grey-brown with a distinct dark curve running from the costa along the antemedial line to the inner margin, advancing to the anal angle.

The inner black band of the hindwing forms a complete loop and the outer black band is broken and followed by a dot.

FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:

Catocala lincolnana flies as a single generation with moths on the wing from May into early June. The Catocala lincolnana caterpillar feeds on hawthorn species.

ECLOSION:

Adults eclose from pupae formed under leaf litter.

SCENTING AND MATING:

Catocala lincolnana 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.

Mature larvae

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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.

Crataegus.......

Hawthorn

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