Created as per personal communication from Ricky Patterson, Vicksburg, Mississippi, March 31, 2017; April 1, 2017; images, April 8, 2017
Updated as per http://www.lepidopterabiodiversity.com/SP/SupplementalCatocalamyristicaPlates.pdf
Wikipedia: "Black Belt is still used in the physiographic sense, to describe a crescent-shaped region about 300 miles (480 km) long and up to 25 miles (40 km) wide, extending from southwest Tennessee to east-central Mississippi and then east through Alabama to the border with Georgia."
Males of this recently described species have at least two forms. One form (male, perhaps also female) has a wide black band running from the outer margin, just below the apex, to the thorax in the middle of the basal area. The bar widens as it butts against almost the entire outer edge of the reniform spot and then constricts again somewhat as it continues its course to the body. Remarkably, the bar does not even partially obscure the reniform spot.
In males where there is no bar, the moth is very similar to the slightly larger Catocala robinsonii, but the reniform spot in myristica is noticely more brown-filled than in robinsonii, and I note that the longest lower lobe of the pm line is dark black and thicker on myristica compared to robinsonii where the same line is very thin, scarcely noticeable.
The Catocala myristica caterpillar probably feeds on nutmeg hickory Carya myristiciformis, and it might be limited to that host. This small tree is only found in small pockets from northeastern Mexico, eastern Texas, eastern Arkansas to South Carolina on rich moist soils of higher bottom lands and stream banks.
Carya myristiciformis .......
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Catocala myristica. Number 296 is a female from the type locality collected 8 July 2015. Number 294 is the black barred male, collected at the type locality on 1 August 2016. Number 295 is also from the type locality collected 1 August 2016.
Catocala myristica HT male, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi,
78mm, June 27, 2008, on my home computer only.
Catocala myristica male, 78mm, on my home computer only.
Catocala myristica male (barred), 78mm, on my home computer only.
Catocala myristica female, on my home computer only.
Catocala myristica female, 79mm, on my home computer only.
Catocala myristica female (verso), 80mm, on my home computer only.
Updated as per Catocala myristica supplemental plate.