The Abbreviated Underwing, by Harold J. Vermes.
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Family: Erebidae, Leach, 
Subfamily: Erebinae, Leach, 
Tribe: Catocalini, Boisduval, 
Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
The Catocala abbreviatella moth (wingspan: 40-50mm) flies from Indiana south and west to
Texas and Oklahomaand north to Nebraska and
It has also been confirmed in
North Dakota and
This species is more common in western portions of its range. In Indiana, it is considered endangered by the Natural Resources Commission (January 2005).
The forewing is uniformly colored with narrow black lines on the anterior half. The brown reniform spot is ringed with black.
Catocala abbreviatella, Oklahoma, All leps Barcode of Life.
The outer black band of the hindwing is abbreviated and then continued with a dot. The inner black band also terminates well
before the inner margin. There is considerable bleeding of orange into the fringe.
Catocala abbreviatella, Oklahoma,
All leps Barcode of Life.
Similar species: Catocala nuptialis has a solid black reniform spot. C. whitneyi has broad dark triangles in the middle of the forewing.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
In Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin Catocala abbreviatella are usually on the wing in
July and/or August.
Moths come in to lights readily and also to bait.
The Catocala abbreviatella caterpillar shows a preference for Lead Plant (Amorpha) and possibly Locust (Robinia).
Adults eclose from pupae formed under surface litter.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala abbreviatella females
emit an airbourne pheromone and males use their antennae to track the
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
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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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