Updated as per Wayne A. Miller's paper "Catocala (Noctuidae) Species taken in Clay County, Tennessee", October 2008, via Harry D. King.
Updated as per personal communication with Mark Etheridge, Myersville, Frederick County, Maryland, August 16, 2003; November 2009
Updated as per personal communication with Tom Nix, Dryden, Tompkins County, New York, August 27-28; September 15, 2013
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Catocala serena (wingspan: 55-60mm) flies in southern Ontario (MB), New York (HM/TN), New Jersey (JG), Connecticut, as far south as to at least Tennessee (WAM), and west to Pennsylvania, Illinois (BG) and at least as far west as eastern Wisconsin (CR).
It has also been recorded in Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland (ME), Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
The head and collar and abdomen are brown while the thorax is grey. The black marginal band of the lower wings is indented at the center, and the relatively narrow, deep yellow median band parallels this indentation.
Basal hairs are brown.
Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
Catocala serena Stillwater
Township, Sussex County, New Jersey,
July 20, 2006, courtesy of Joe Garris.
The pm line does not have the elongated "teeth" typical of many other Catocala species. Both the am and pm lines are thin, black and distinct on an otherwise relatively even grey (with a slight tinge of green) ground colour.
The hindwing fringe is pale orange and is not checked.
Catocala serena, Windsor, Ontario, coourtesy of Maurice Bottos.
Moths come in to lights and to bait.
Visit Catocala serena, Dryden, Tompkins County, New York, August 27-28, 2013, Tom Nix.
Catocala serena, Myersville, Frederick County, Maryland,
August 16, 2003, light, Mark Etheridge.
Catocala serena, Haynes Bottom WMA, Montgomery County, Tennessee,
July 6, 2013, courtesy of Thomas Payne, slight digital repair by Bill Oehlke.
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
Image courtesy of
Goto Main Catocala Index
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