Catocala insolabilis, Louisiana, courtesy of Vernon A. Brou.
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Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
The Inconsolable Underwing,
(wingspan: 65-75mm), flies from Ontario through
to Florida, west through
Texas and Oklahoma and north to
This species has also been reported in
District of Columbia,
West Virginia and
The forewing is light grey with blackish shading along the inner
margin. The antemedial and postmedial lines are thin.
hindwing fringe is very narrow and grey, becoming whiter toward the
The ventral surface clearly distinguishes insolabis, being
almost completely black except for some white in the basal area.
Catocala insolabilis, Windsor, Ontario, coourtesy of Maurice Bottos.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
insolabilis flies as a single
generation with moths on the wing from June to August.
The Catocala insolabilis caterpillar feeds on hickories.
Adults eclose from pupae formed under leaf litter.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala insolabilis 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.
Image courtesy of
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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