Catocala jair (Florida) by Harold J. Vermes.
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Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
Catocala jair, the Jair
Underwing (wingspan: 35-40mm), flies in southern New York, the Pine Barrens of
New Jersey, in the coastal plain in Bladen County,
and in the northern half of Florida. Jeffrey R. Slotten
has also recorded jair in Concan, Texas, May 21, 1995.
The moth is hard to distinguish from amica, but jair has broader,
blunter forewings than amica and the post medial line of
straighter (much less dentate) than that of amica. The
hindwings of both species seem identical.
Including two subspecies it is also found in
There is a melanistic subspecies/form from
New Jersey and New York.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
Catocala jair are usually on the wing from May to
The Catocala jair caterpillar feeds on oaks.
Catocala jair (New Jersey) by Harold J. Vermes.
Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala jair 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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