Updated as per personal communication from Rick Gillmore, May 7, 2007
Updated as per personal communication with Ricky Patterson; 2017 publication by Kons & Borth, describing Catocala bastropi
The moth from Louisiana is much more likely the recently (Kons & Borth, 2017), described Catoala bastropi from
Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Specimens originally identified as louiseae from those four states are more likely
It has also been confirmed in Georgia, Louisiana (probably bastropi), Massachusetts (probably as yet unnamed), Missouri (probably bastropi), New Jersey (probably as yet unnamed)and Oklahoma (probably bastropi).
I think true Catocala louiseae is probably limited to southern North Carolina, South Carolina (unconfirmed), Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
There is a distinct white "smile" (in spread specimens) between the reniform and subreniform spots. There is also a narrow but distinct white line immediately following the black postmedial line.
The hindwing is a deep yellow orange and the outer black band is interrupted and then followed by a dot, ending before the inner margin.
The moth to the right is likely from Georgia, courtesy of James Adams; it is likely Catocala louiseae. (Bill Oehlke)
Rick Gillmore, May 7, 2007, writes, "C. louiseae is a blueberry feeder."
Please send sightings/images to Bill. I will do my best to respond to requests for identification help.
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