Updated as per "Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera, Erebidae) IV.
Nomenclatorial stabilization of the Nearctic fauna, with a revised synonymic check list";
ZooKeys 39: 3783 (2010) by Lawrence F. Gall, David C. Hawks; March 21, 2010
Updated as per personal communication with Gary Phillips, Horry County, South carolina; May 22, 2010-ongoing

Catocala of Horry County, South Carolina

Catocala muliercula, Conway, Horry County, South Carolina,
June 22, 2009, courtesy of Gary Phillips.

This page is dedicated to and inspired by Gary Phillips who has begun (2009) to document the Catocala he has encountered in Horry County.

For anyone wishing to undertake such an endeavoour, it should be noted that Theodore Sargeant recognized that various Catocala species respond differently to mercury vapour and black lights. he also noted that some species were seldom taken at lights but couild be readily taken at bait.

Probably some species are best documented by finding larvae and rearing the caterpillars to adulthood.

As of April 4, 2010, this page has been further updated as per research data compiled by Larry Gall.

I would like to continue to refine the listings to county levels so images and data (date, location at least to county level, bait, lights) would be very much appreciated. Please send same to Bill Oehlke. All images that I use on my websites remain the property of respective photographers and images are credited as such.

The Identification Keys Diagram should help you understand the terminology I have used in describing the various species.

Enjoy some of nature's wonderments, giant silk moth cocoons. These cocoons are for sale winter and fall. Beautiful Saturniidae moths will emerge the following spring and summer. Read Actias luna rearing article. Additional online help available.

Eggs of many North American Saturniidae species are offered during the spring and summer. Occasionally summer Actias luna and summer Antheraea polyphemus cocoons are available. Shipping to US destinations is done from within the US.

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Visit "Systematics of moths in the genus Catocala (Lepidoptera, Erebidae) IV.
Nomenclatorial stabilization of the Nearctic fauna, with a revised synonymic check list";
ZooKeys 39: 3783 (2010) by Lawrence F. Gall, David C. Hawks