Updated as per personal communication from Rick Gillmore, May 7, 2007
The Grisatra Underwing,
by Harold J. Vermes.
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Bill Oehlke at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
The Catocala grisatra moth
(wingspan: 48-55mm) flies in the coastal plain in Bladen County, North Carolina,
south through Georgia to Florida. Specimens have also
been recorded in the southeastern
sandhills region of coastal North Carolina.
The forewings of this moth make it look like a miniature
The forewings are bluish grey with a darker anal dash and wide arc
from the reniform spot to the outer margin.
The median band of the
hindwing does not make a complete loop.
This species is uncommon and very local in its limited range.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
grisatra flies as a single
generation with moths on the wing in May and June.
The Catocala grisatra caterpillar shows a preference for
Adults eclose from pupae formed under leaf litter.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala grisatra 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
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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