Catocala clintoni
Created/dedicated as per personal communication with Vernon A. Brou
Updated as per personal communication with Carroll Ruddy, 2007
Updated as per research compiled Larry Gall, April 2010
Updated as per personal communication with Marcie O'Connor, August 12, 2013
Updated as per personal communication with Tim Dyson, Peterborough, Ontario, July 2016

Catocala clintoni
Grote, 1864

Catocala clintoni (Louisiana-male) courtesy of Vernon A. Brou.

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Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae, Leach, [1815]
Subfamily: Erebinae, Leach, [1815]
Tribe: Catocalini, Boisduval, [1828]
Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802


Catocala clintoni, Clinton's Underwing (wingspan: 45-55mm), flies in Ontario and Quebec (rare) and southward to Florida, west to Texas and north to Wisconsin. It is generally absent or very rare in the New England states.

The black basal dash distinguishes clintoni from illecta and abbreviata, both of which lack the dash.

Catocala clintoni, July 9, 2007, Calumet County, Wisconsin, courtesy of Carroll Rudy.

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.


Catocala clintoni are usually on the wing very early in the season, well before other underwings have emerged. In Florida they are taken from February to May; in Texas from April to July; in northern portions of its range, usually in June and July (Ontario, TD).

Catocala clintoni, Buffalo County, Wisconsin,
July 22, 2013, courtesy of Marcie O'Connor

Catocala clintoni, Buffalo County, Wisconsin,
July 22, 2013, courtesy of Marcie O'Connor

The Catocala clintoni caterpillar feeds on hawthorn, plum and apple foliage.

Catocala clintoni closed, Peterborough, Ontario,
July, 2016, courtesy of Tim Dyson.

Catocala clintoni open, Peterborough, Ontario,
July, 2016, courtesy of Tim Dyson.

Catocala clintoni verso, Peterborough, Ontario,
July, 2016, courtesy of Tim Dyson.


Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.


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


Eggs are deposited on tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.

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.

Gleditsia triacanthos.......
Malus pumila
Prunus americana
Prunus ilicifolia

Common apple
American plum
Hollyleaf Cherry

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Visit "Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera, Erebidae) IV.
Nomenclatorial stabilization of the Nearctic fauna, with a revised synonymic check list";
ZooKeys 39: 3783 (2010) by Lawrence F. Gall, David C. Hawks

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