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It is also confirmed in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee.
I expect it is also in Indiana, but I have no confirmed reports of it in Indiana. Scott Mescher has confirmed it for eastern Indiana, Jay County.
The forewing colouration is a mottled light to dark grey with no strongly contrasting lines, dashes or bars. At the inner margin the antemedial line ends with in a very light coloured crescent very close to the pm line. The open subrenifrom spot is also light coloured and "comma" shaped with a somewhat triangular and somewhat bulbous head.
The am line has a short, thin, slightly humped dark line through its midpoint. The hindwing is black and the fringe is pure white with thin, sharp (pointed) checking. Catocala ulalume, 65mm, courtesy of Jim Vargo.
Catocala ulalume, lights, Woodlawn, Montgomery County, Tennessee,
July 18, 2008, courtesy of Tom Payne, id by Bill Oehlke.
Strecker probably chose the species name from the Edgar Alan Poe poem, "Ulalume":
But were stopped by the door of a tomb--
By the door of a legended tomb;
And I said:"What is written, sweet sister,
On the door of this legended tomb?"
'Tis the vault of thy lost Ulalume!"
I have not Latinized the final "e" in ulalume as the name (rhymes with tomb) is taken directly from the poem.
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS, AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
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