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It has also been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
The listings for Maryland and Wisconsin are unconfirmed. I suspect it flies there and also in Indiana.
Titania (wingspan: 20-35mm) has recently been reclassified (synonymized with) as alabamae and seems to have a more northern range with specimens taken in Pennsylvania. Alabamae has heavier, darker markings on the forewings and hindwings.
The uniform greenish-grey forewing may have thin but dark (contrasting) medial lines or they may be nearly absent (titania); alabamae often displays a dash in the median/anal angle area, missing or nearly absent in titania. There is brown shading between the post medial line and the subterminal line.
Catocala titania = alabamae by Vernon A. Brou.
Vernon Brou writes, "Catocala alabamae can be almost
non-distinguishable from charlottae. In some specimens here at my home in Louisiana, alabamae's
forewings are silver. Closer to Florida and in Florida some
populations have forewings that are nearly pastel green.
"Here in Louisiana, alabamae's forewings can be silver to blue-green. It is possible C. charlottae will be
synonomized or made a subspecies of C. praeclara when the MONA Catocala fascicle finally is published."
"Here in Louisiana, alabamae's forewings can be silver to blue-green. It is possible C. charlottae will be synonomized or made a subspecies of C. praeclara when the MONA Catocala fascicle finally is published."The outer fringe of the hindwing is pale orange and heavily checked with black.
Catocala alabamae, Liberty, Liberty County, Texas,
June 7, 2013, courtesy of Stuart Marcus.
The Catocala alabamae caterpillar shows a preference for hawthorns, wild crabapple and Chickasaw plum.
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