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it has also been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota , Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Similar species: This moth is somewhat similar to C. cara, and it is believed they will hybridize in the wild on occasion.
Visit Catocala amatrix, recto/verso and form selecta, Mason, Ingham County, August 6-8, 1994, Harry King.
Visit Catocala amatrix, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, August 12, 2007, courtesy of Kate Redmond.
Visit Catocala amatrix, Buffalo County, Wisconsin, August 12, 2011, courtesy of Marcie O'Connor
Visit Catocala amatrix, form selecta and regular form, August and September 10, 2012, Ogemaw County, Michigan, courtesy of Cindy Mead.
Visit Catocala amatrix female, from bait trap, August 19, 2011, courtesy of Ian Miller.
Visit Catocala amatrix, Windsor, Ontario, August 29, 2008, courtesy of Maurice Bottos.
Visit Catocala amatrix, Newport, Orleans County, vermont, September 5, 2011, Jane Housewright.
Visit Catocala amatrix, female (recto and verso), Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan, September 26, 2011, courtesy of Tim Taylor.
Catocala amatrix are usually on the wing from August to October in southern Quebec with earlier flight further south.
Catocala amatrix, July 23, Dallas, Texas, courtesy of Dale Clark.
Sargent suggests the name "hesseli" for melanic specimens in honour of Sidney A. Hessel.
Form "selecta" lacks the diffuse black bar running from the basal area to the apex as depicted in the specimen to the right, courtesy of Robert Muller, Connecticut.
"Pallida" Barnes and McDunnough, 1918, is a very pale form.
Catocala amatrix "hesseli", Harold J. Vermes slide, used with permission from his son.
This species is very skittish and frequently hides in caves, under bridges, under tree bark, etc. by day, resting with head down.
Camouflage on tree bark is well illustrated in the Cindy Mead (Michigan) image to the right.
The Catocala amatrix caterpillar shows a preference for poplars and willows.
Catocala amatrix eggs, courtesy of Tim Dyson. copyright
Catocala amatrix fifth instar, courtesy of Ron Nelson. copyright
Catocala amatrix fifth instar, courtesy of Gabriel Larrabee. copyright
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