Catocala semirelicta, Wagner Bog, edmonton, Alberta, August 2, 1998, SEM.
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There are also reports from Arizona, California, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Catocala semirelicta, Peterborough, Ontario, August 16, 2004, courtesy of Tim Dyson copyright.
Catocala hippolyta, Catocala nevadensis and Catocala pura may all be synonymous with Catocala semirelicta, extending its range into northern and central eastern California.
Visit Catocala semirelicta, Wallula HMU, Walla Walla County, Washington, August 1, 2009, courtesy of Mike Denny.
Visit Catocala semirelicta, Wolf Creek, Josephine County, Oregon, September 15, 2009, courtesy of Edna Woodward.
Visit Catocala semirelicta, Wolf Creek, Josephine County, Oregon, August 16, 2015, courtesy of Edna Woodward.
Visit Catocala semirelicta, Worthingon, Nobles County, September 21, 2009, courtesy of Tom Middagh.
The forewing ground colour is white with dark lines and shadings. A diffuse dark bar runs from center of basal area to the outer margin a few mm above the anal angle. Note regular dentation of st line.
The inner black bar on the lower wing usually terminates well before the inner margin.
The form "atala" has a forewing that is uniformly grey.
Unijuga is usually larger and has less contrasting black lines. The inner black bar on unijuga usually reaches the inner margin.
The semirelicta to the right is from Gull Lake, Alberta, Canada.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
Catocala semirelicta flies as a single generation with moths on the wing from June to September.
Tim Dyson attracted this specimen to bait on July 20, 2005 in Peterborough, Ontario.
The diffuse dark bar, paralleling the inner margin of the forewing, is diagnostic for this species at rest.
The first time I saw the image to the right, I thought it was Catocala unijuga, mostly because of the absence of the diffuse dark bar usually present on the lower quarter of the forewing, paralleling the inner margin.
However, the subreniform spot is open and the second of the larger teeth in the pm line is not as reduced as in typical C. unijuga.
The subreniform spot also shows the yellowish scaling that is present outside the pm line.
Image (right), Peterborough, Ontario, August 25, 2004, courtesy of Tim Dyson copyright.
Semirelicta tend to have hindwing inner bands that terminate well before the inner margins.
Meskei tend to have a narrower band and a dustier (less distinct) looking forewing.
Catocala semireclicta, 60 mm, courtesy of Jim Vargo.
Tim Dyson is one of the few nature photographers who can consistently come up with outstanding images of the undersides of these moths. Note the dark hindwing cell. In this specimen, the red in the basal area advances beyond the cell.
You won't often see a live semirelicta in flight, captured the way Tim Dyson has captured this one. Note the wide black banding on the forewing and the narrow discal lunule in the hindwing cell. These features help to identify semirelicta from some similar relatives.
Catocala semirelicta, Peterborough, Ontario, August 25, 2004, Tim Dyson copyright.
The hindwing inner black band also terminates well before the inner margin.
Moths come in to lights readily and also to bait. Tim is using a banana mash bait in the photo above. Mixed with a bit of alcohol, the bait renders the moths much less skittish after a couple of minutes at the brew.
Catocala semirelicta Lancaster, Coos County, New Hampshire,
July 28, 2016, courtesy of Ron White, id by Bill Oehlke.
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS, AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on bush bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
Image courtesy of
Goto Main Catocala Index
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Catocala comparison Plate, Peterborough, Ontario,
courtesy of Tim Dyson.