Moths of North Carolina
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Catocala sordida Grote, 1877 - Sordid Underwing


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ErebinaeTribe: CatocaliniP3 Number: 930832.00 MONA Number: 8846.00
Comments: One of 103 species in this genus that occur in North America (Gall and Hawks, 2010; Kons and Borth, 2015a,b), 67 of which have been recorded in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Wingspan: 40-45 m (Sargent, 1976)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our records come from both dry, rocky ridges and summits in the Mountains and Piedmont and from sandhills and flatwoods in the Coastal Plain
Larval Host Plants: Stenophagous, with larvae feeding on Vacciniums (particularly angustifolium and pallidum) (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Upland Heath Thickets
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-07-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 1992-06-24
Brunswick Co.
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