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Family: Erebidae, Leach, 
Subfamily: Erebinae, Leach, 
Tribe: Catocalini, Boisduval, 
Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
the Quiet or Sweet Underwing
(wingspan: 40-45mm), may well be endangered through most of its range:
New York through Virginia, west to Missouri and north to
It has also been reported in
Catocala dulciola, McGayhesville, Rockingham County, Virginia,
1am, July 15, 2013, courtesy of Kyle Warnecke.
A double black antemedial line (inner line broken only near the costa)
with other lines obscure distinguishes dulciola.
There is also a dark basal dash on an otherwise plain, light grey
forewing. Also note the orangey-brown filler midway between the double am lines.
Catocala dulciola, courtesy of John Glaser.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
Catocala dulciola are usually on the wing in June and July.
John M. Coffman reports Catocala dulciola taken 3 mi. e Timberville, Rockingham County, Virginia, July 3, 1980.
The Catocala dulciola caterpillar feeds on hawthorn.
Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala dulciola 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.
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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