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Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
Catocala texanae, the Texan Underwing,
(wingspan: approximately 85mm) flies in Texas,
Catocala texanae, Texas, All Leps Barcode of
The forewings are a mottled brown with indistinct lines.
The inner black band of the hindwing is very narrow and comes to a
point far short of the inner margin. The hindwing fringe is
mostly white with some red-orange at the apex.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
texanae flies as a single
generation with moths on the wing from May into June.
The foodplant of the Catocala texanae caterpillar is unknown.
Adults eclose from pupae formed under leaf litter.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala texanae females
emit an airbourne pheromone and males use their antennae to track the
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS, AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
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Larval Food Plants
Listed below are primary food plant(s) and alternate food plants.
It is hoped that this alphabetical listing followed by the common
name of the foodplant will prove useful. The list is not exhaustive,
although some species seem very host specific.
Experimenting with closely related foodplants is worthwhile.
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