Moths of North Carolina
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58 NC Records

Catocala coccinata Grote, 1872 - Scarlet Underwing


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ErebinaeTribe: CatocaliniP3 Number: 930837.00 MONA Number: 8851.00
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, GBIF, BOLD                                                                                 
Adult Markings: Forewings are pale gray and streaked with black, possessing several spots of pale whitish. Black basal and anal dashes are present, as well as an arc of black running from the reniform to the outer margin. The reniform has a diffuse pale outline and the subreniform is closed, with a narrow black outline and pale filling. The hindwings are distinctively scarlet and banded with black.
Wingspan: 60-70 mm (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) ‚Č• 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 primarily from stands of upland oak forests
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on several species of oaks, including Black, Northern Red, Scarlet, Post, and Southern Red (Wagner et al., 2011) - View
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See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory Forests
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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 Photo Gallery for Catocala coccinata - Scarlet Underwing

Photos: 21

Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2023-07-23
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2023-07-23
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2023-07-08
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2023-07-08
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2022-07-31
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-14
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2022-07-12
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2022-07-09
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Richard Teper on 2022-06-26
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson, Stephen Dunn on 2022-06-18
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-06-29
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-06-12
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-06-12
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-07-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2018-07-12
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Ed Corey on 2016-06-28
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-06-20
Warren Co.
Comment: Confirmed via specimen by Bo Sullivan
Recorded by: Taylor Piephoff on 2010-06-10
Mecklenburg Co.
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