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It has also been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia , Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The black postmedian band is absent from the dorsal (upper) surface of the hindwing, but it is present on the ventral surface. Moths come in to lights and to bait.
Catocala amica lineella has now (2010) been elevated to full species status as Catocala lineella.
Catocala jair is a similar species with wider, blunter forewings and a much less dentate post medial line.
Catocala amica to the right, courtesy of John Himmelman, Connecticut.
Catocala lineella males (left); Catocala amica pair (right)
Quebec, courtesy of Pierre Legault.
Visit Catocala amica, Pickens County, northern Georgia, July 14, 2009, courtesy of Aubrey Scott.
Catocala amica has a pale grey forewing basal area without significant markings. The am line is dark near the costa, but becomes quite weak as it approaches the inner margin. The median area is grey with a slightly darker arc running from the costa through and obscuring somewhat the reniform spot, and then running just below the two dark upper teeth and toward the outer margin.
The subreniform spot is small and closed. There is a brownish grey patch in the area between the reniform spot and the tips of the upper teeth.
The inner half of the subterminal area is brownish grey while the outer half is greyish white. A thin, diffuse dark line separates those halves.
The most distinguishing feature is the absence of a dark median band on the hindwing. The black outer band is truncated well before the anal angle and is followed by a black dot.
Catocala amica, Windsor, Ontario, courtesy of Maurice Bottos.
The Catocala amica caterpillar shows a preference for oak species and probably limits itself to members of the Quercus genus.
Catocala amica, Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire,
August 18, courtesy of Deb Lievens.
The caterpillar is gray with faint striping. The fifth abdominal segment is slightly humped and is usually followed by a darkened saddle.
The eighth abdominal segment features pronounced orange warts. The top of the head often has a white and orange spot to each side.
The base of the dorsal hairs is black on the dorsal thorax and black and orange over the abdomen. The fringe hairs are sparse but relatively long.
Image courtesy of David L. Wagner and Valerie Giles.
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