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Bill Oehlke at email@example.com
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.
It has also been reported in District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska (LJP), New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Catocala habilis, Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska,
August 10, 2012, courtesy of Loren J. Padelford.
Visit Catocala habilis, Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts,
August 23, 2009, September 1, 9, 2011, courtesy of Dave Small.
Visit Catocala habilis, Amherst, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, Aug. 12, 2011, Joshua S. Rose.
The specimen described as denussa, Ehrman, 1893, is an aberrant melanic form of Catocala habilis.
Catocala habilis Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
In more southerly locales there may be multiple flights with moths on the wing from early June, but it is generally accepted that all Catocala species are univoltine.
Catocala habilis, Stillwater Township, Sussex County, New Jersey,
August 27, 2005, courtesy of Joe Garris.
Note the large "M" on the thorax and the "pork chop" shaped, light coloured subreniform spot that constricts at the juncture with the postmedian line.
The pm line is narrow but dark and distinct, and the two largest, produced "teeth" tend to be darker than the other projections. The pm line is outwardly lined with a narrow suffusion of white scales, followed by a broader band of brown-grey scales, and then another broader suffusion of white scales up to a very regular dentation of the subterminal line.
There is always significant "bleeding" of the yellow-orange to salmon scales into the hindwing fringes.
The reniform spot has a brown center, faintly edged with black, then white, then black again. There are usually two dark bars on the forewing, one across the basal area, and one paralleling the inner margin, just below the lowest "tooth" of the pm line. The basal dark bar is sometimes absent.
Wing veins in forewing postmedian area have a grey, feathery appearance, against a lighter background.
Image courtesy of Maurice Bottos, Windsor, Ontario, August 30, 2008.
Moths come in to lights and to bait.
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS, AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
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