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It has also been confirmed in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Scott Shaw reports junctura is taken (not common) "on Pole Mountain, in the Medicine Bow Forest, Wyoming, about 10 miles east of Laramie near I-80 in the mountain willow bogs."
David Wikle reports C. junctura August 17, 2003, from Bonita, San Diego County, California.
Catocala elsa, Catocala margherita, Catocala stretchi and Catocala arizonae are synonymous with C. junctura.
Catocala junctura "julietta", September 12, 2003, Pinnacles National Monument,
San Benito, California, courtesy of Paul Johnson.
The forewing is usually dark brownish-gray to evenly powdered blue-grey without any significant markings. The doubled reniform spot is often obscure. The thin, slightly darker antemedial and postmedial lines run from the costa to the inner margin and are not widely spaced at the lower margin.
The hindwing is salmon or orange-pink with a narrow inner black band that turns in sharply but does not meet the dark-haired inner margin, thus distinguishing it from unijuga.
Catocala junctura, courtesy of Bruce Walsh.
Some specimens may have a small separate spot at the lower end as does Catocala meskei. The fringe is white, heavily barred with black and with some slight "bleeding" of orange. The antennae are simple, and both sexes are essentially alike.
Catocala junctura, Los Angeles County, California, courtesy of Clark Thompson.
Form "julietta" French has a darker shade running from the basal area, almost reaching the outer margin of the forewing.
Catocala junctura, Chiricahua National Park, Arizona,
mountains, July 11, 2002, courtesy of Pierre Legault.
Catocala junctura, Indiana, courtesy of Jim Vargo.
Catocala junctura, Missouri, by Harold J. Vermes, courtesy of Craig Vermes.
The underside hindwing of Catocala junctura is without a discal lunule.
The Catocala junctura caterpillar feeds on willows and poplars.
Catocala junctura, Aliso Viejo, Orange County, California,
August 6, 2010, courtesy of Kevin Lentz.
Catocala junctura, Laguna Hills, Orange County, California,
July 24, 2011, courtesy of Kevin Lentz.
Please send sightings/images to Bill. I will do my best to respond to requests for identification help.
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