Updated as per personal communication from Rick Gillmore, May 7, 2007
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Catocala sappho, (wingspan: 62-75mm), flies from Virginia and Tennessee south to Florida and west to Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Missouri and Illinois.
Forewings are off white with some grey-black-brown peppering and yellow-beige lines. The reniform spot is brown and the subreniform spot is almost pure white; the hindwings are black with a white fringe.
Image courtesy of Troy Bartlett.
It has also been reported in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, , Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia.
Rick Gilmore writes, May 7, 2007, "Jeff Slotten was the first person (that I know) to rear C. sappho. He got ova and when the larvae emerged, they were reared on hickory, not pecan. I saw pecan mentioned as a possible hostplant in an agriculture book."
Catocala sappho, lights, Woodlawn, Montgomery County, Tennessee, July 26, 2008, Tom Payne
EGGS, CATERPILLARS, COCOONS, AND PUPAE:
Eggs are deposited on tree bark in the fall and hatch the following spring. Image courtesy of James Adams.
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