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It has also been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Moths come in to lights and to bait.
Catocala micronympha form "hero", Stillwater Township, Sussex County,
July 7, 2005, courtesy of Joe Garris.
The usual specimens have grey forewings shaded with green, brown, black and white tints. There is usually a darkened band passing from the costa through the reniform spot to the outer margin.
The lower lobes of the pm line are quite distinct, especially in those specimens with light scaling in that area.
Image courtesy of John Himmelman, Connecticut, July 24, 2003.
The typical resting position for this moth is "head down".
Micronympha is also known as the "Little Bride" and as the "Tiny Nymph" Underwing.
Catocala micronympha from Maryland.
Catocala micronympha form "lolita", Harold J. Vermes image, used with permission from his son.
Catocala micronympha form "sargenti" (very rare) has a hindwing that is all black.
In Florida, there may be a flight as early as late April.
The Catocala micronympha caterpillar shows a preference for oak species.
Catocala micronympha form hero, Buffalo County, Wisconsin,
July 19, 2013, courtesy of Marcie o'Connor.
Catocala micronympha form gisela, Dotsonville, Montgomery County, Tennessee,
May 26, 2012, courtesy of Thomas Payne.
Catocala micronympha form hero, Dotsonville, Montgomery County, Tennessee,
May 17, 2012, courtesy of Thomas Payne.
Catocala micronympha larva courtesy of David L. Wagner.
Please send sightings/images to Bill. I will do my best to respond to requests for identification help.
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