Catocala umbrosa

Catocala umbrosa
kah-TOCK-uh-lah mm um-BROH-suh
Brou, 2002


Catocala umbrosa, courtesy of Leroy Simon.

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TAXONOMY:

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

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DISTRIBUTION:

Catocala umbrosa (wingspan: mm) flies from Missouri and Louisiana east to Florida and north through New Jersey to Massachusettes and Quebec.

FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:

Catocala umbrosa flies as a single generation with moths on the wing from early April in the southern portions (peak flight in June) of its range through to August in the North (peak flight mid to late July). The Catocala umbrosa caterpillar probably feeds on oak species.

Catocala umbrosa, Marion County, Florida, courtesy of Leroy Simon.

ECLOSION:

Adults eclose from pupae formed under leaf litter.

SCENTING AND MATING:

Catocala umbrosa females emit an airbourne pheromone and males use their antennae to track the scent plume.

Catocala umbrosa Brou, 2002, Allotype female

Catocala umbrosa Brou, 2002, Holotype male, courtesy of V. A. Brou.

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.

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