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Catocala sordida has also been confirmed in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The forewing is lighter along the costa and darker along the inner margin. Dark medial lines are especially evident through the lighter shades near the costa. The outer black band of the hindwing is broken near the anal angle.
Catocala sordida, Canadian Biodiversity Information facility.
This species is quite similar to Catocala gracilis.
I made the determination on the moth to the right based on dark scaling along the inner margin limited to median area (more extensive in C. gracilis), submarginal "teeth" relatively short and blunt (sharper and longer in C. gracilis), and, when placing this image in close proximity to both gracilis and sordida images, it seems an overall better match for Catocala sordida.
Catocala sordida, July 29, 2006, Peterborough, Ontario, courtesy of Tim Dyson; id by Tim, confirmed by Bill Oehlke.
Further assessment might be possible based on this ventral image of the same moth.
Tim makes good use of a banana/beer mash to attract the moths. He also has amazing patience.
I got a chuckle, however, when Tim wrote "a nice warm night here, and the banana beer is flowing, (and so, of course are the Catocala). Had this little beauty a couple of hours ago, (and another a lot like it, though the first one flew from bait and hit me in the corner of my mouth)."
It made me wonder if Tim has also been sampling the bait or a portion thereof.
Moths come in to lights readily and also to bait.
The Catocala sordida caterpillar shows a preference for Celtis and Vaccinium.
Rick Gillmore writes, May 7, 2007, "C. sordida is a blueberry feeder, not a celtis feeder. The following Catocala species are only blueberry feeders: C. andromedae, C. gracilis, C. sordida and C. louiseae."
Catocala sordida, northern Georgia, June 9, 2009, courtesy of Aubrey Scott.
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