Catocala mira

Harry King, Michigan Catocala Collection

Catocala mira
Grote, 1876

Catocala mira, Mason, Ingham County, Michigan,
42mm, taken at bait, July 16, 1994, courtesy of Harry King.

Catocala mira, Mason, Ingham County, Michigan,
42mm, taken at bait, July 16, 1994, courtesy of Harry King.

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


"Moon River"
copyright C. Odenkirk

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In Catocala mira the basal area is grey and lighter than in either C. blandula or C. crataegi. There is a thin black dash emanating from the body (midpoint of wing juncture) about 1/3 of the way into the basal are.

The antemedian line is dark and distinct, running quite obliquely toward the anal angle, for its upper half. The lower half of the am line is indistinct and turns toward and continues to the inner margin.

The median area has a distinct light area, almost white, running from the subreniform spot to the costa, just above the dark, oblique am line. The subreniform spot is closed, outlined with a thin dark line and inwardly filled with light brown. The reniform spot is outlined in black with a smooth C-like curve (right forewing) toward the body. Darker, grey-brown scaling fills this upper spot, and the reniform spot is outlined in white, more prevalent toward the outer margin. The wing veins are often distinctly covered in black scales in the area just outside the reniform spot.

The postmedian line is distinct, beginning at the costa just above the reniform spot. The pm runs obliquely to the upper tooth, usually followed by a somewhat shorter tooth and then an almost smooth curve to the dark dash, paralleling the inner margin.

The subterminal area is a mix of mostly brown scales with some grey and white, just inside the subterminal line. The terminal area is grey and the veins are usually pronounced with black scaling.

On the hindwing the black inner band is very irregular, relatively thin and makes a complete loop back toward the body. The yellow-orange median band is relatively even/smooth to the first of two projections into the outer band. The fringe is orange and heavily checked, often lighter to white at the hw apex.

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