Catocala grotiana, Pinal Parks Rec Area, Gila County, Arizona,
September 9, 2011, courtesy of Evan Rand.
This site has been created by
Bill Oehlke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.
Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
(wingspan: 70-80mm), flies in
Arizona and north through
Colorado. It is also seen in Washington and in the western
United States north and east of California: Idaho,
Scott Shaw reports grotiana is common
"on Pole Mountain, in the Medicine
Bow Forest, Wyoming, about 10 miles
east of Laramie near I-80 in the mountain willow bogs."
Catocala grotiana, Arizona, courtesy of Bruce Walsh.
The white outlines outside the postmedial and
subterminal lines make this species stand out.
The hindwing inner black band is even and relatively thin and
before the inner margin.
The fringe is heavily checked and charcoal grey along the inner
Bruce Walsh image.
Hindwings can be orange or red.
FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:
Catocala grotiana are usually on the wing in August and
The Catocala grotiana caterpillar feeds on poplar and willow.
Adults eclose from pupae at soil surface.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Catocala grotiana females
emit an airbourne pheromone and males use their antennae to track the
Greer, White Mts, 8200'. Apache Co, AZ.
Aug 2, 1997. Kelly Richers, collector, at uv trap
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS, AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on
tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring.
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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