Catocala grotiana

Catocala grotiana
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Bailey, 1879

Catocala grotiana, Pinal Parks Rec Area, Gila County, Arizona,
September 9, 2011, courtesy of Evan Rand.

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TAXONOMY:

Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Group: Noctuinina
Subfamily: Catocalinae
Genus: Catocala, Schrank, 1802

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DISTRIBUTION:

Grote's Underwing, Catocala grotiana, (wingspan: 70-80mm), flies in Arizona and north through Utah into Colorado. It is also seen in Washington and in the western United States north and east of California: Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Wyoming.

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 inside the subterminal lines make this species stand out.

The hindwing inner black band is even and relatively thin and terminates well before the inner margin.

The fringe is heavily checked and charcoal grey along the inner margin.

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 September.

The Catocala grotiana caterpillar feeds on poplar and willow.

ECLOSION:

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 scent plume.

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.

Populus......
Salix

Poplar
Willow

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