Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFErebidae Members: 11 NC Records

Catocala insolabilis Guenée, 1852 - Inconsolable Underwing


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ErebinaeTribe: CatocaliniP3 Number: 930781.00 MONA Number: 8791.00
Comments: One of 103 species in this genus that occur in North America (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2015), 67 of which have been recorded in North Carolina. Included by Barnes and McDunnough (1918) in their Group VI (also adopted by Forbes, 1954). This groups comprises 15 species, all of which feed on Hickories or Walnuts (Juglandaciae). In addition to insolabilis, other members of this group that occur in North Carolina include retecta, dejecta, ulalume, myrisitica, vidua, maestosa, lachrymosa, palaeogama, nebulosa, subnata, and neogama.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Wingspan: 65-75 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) ≥ 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 cove forests in the mountains and from several rich hardwood stands in the Piedmont
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on hickories, including Pignut (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S3S4
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 insolabilis - Inconsolable Underwing

Photos: 11

Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-26
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Timothy Gerla on 2020-06-22
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-02
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-02
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2016-06-15
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2016-06-15
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-07-10
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2014-06-21
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-07-10
Warren Co.
Comment: Confirmed via specimen by Bo Sullivan
Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-07-03
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2009-07-15
Cabarrus Co.
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