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It has also been reported in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
The forewing pattern and colouration is much like that of concumbens, pale grey with faint black lines.
Hindwings are light yellow to orange and the irregular inner black band terminates well before the inner margin.
The common name comes from a synonym for illecta, Catocala magdalena.
Catocala illecta Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
The Catocala illecta caterpillar shows a preference for honey locust and lead plant.
Catocala illecta Woodlawn, Montgomery County, Tennessee,
taken at light, June 20, 2008, courtesy of Tom Payne.
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
Larvae often feed at night and ascend and descend tree trunks in the morning and evening, respectively, to hide among leaf litter and weeds at the base of the tree.
Larva to the right was feeding on honey locust, Kalamazoo, Michigan, courtesy of Harry King.
Catocala illecta fifth instar, Kalamazoo, Michigan, courtesy of Harry King.
Please send sightings/images to Bill. I will do my best to respond to requests for identification help.
Enjoy one of nature's wonderments: Live Saturniidae (Giant Silkmoth) cocoons.
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