Moths of North Carolina
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Catocala neogama (J.E. Smith, 1797) - Bride Underwing


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ErebinaeTribe: CatocaliniP3 Number: 930790.00 MONA Number: 8798.00
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 neogama, other members of this group that occur in North Carolina include retecta, dejecta, ulalume, insolabilis, myristica, vidua, maestosa, lachrymosa, palaeogama, nebulosa, and subnata.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Wingspan: 70-85 mm (Sargent, 1976)
Adult Structural Features: As discovered by Ferguson (in Sargent, 1976), the hind tibiae are flattened laterally and sparsely spined, whereas C. subnata has cylindrical hind tibiae that are well-spined.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
Distribution in North Carolina
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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 mainly from rich, mesic, hardwood forests. In the Coastal Plain, these include brownwater river floodplains and mesic hardwoods growing on bluffs. Piedmont sites include alluvial forests and one ridgetop associated with an extensive area of gabbro. Mountain records include mainly alluvial and cove forests.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Black Walnut and Butternut (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for Rich Wet-Mesic Hardwood 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 neogama - Bride Underwing

Photos: 27

Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-09-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-08-26
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-16
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-08-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2019-08-17
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: L. M. Carlson on 2019-07-31
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2019-07-24
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-09-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-09-02
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2018-08-12
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-08-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2016-09-07
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2015-07-15
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2014-09-26
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2014-09-26
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf on 2014-08-26
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: SPH on 2011-08-31
Randolph Co.
Comment: Hind tibiae are laterally flattened and sparsely spined. Wingspan = 7.8 cm; forewing length = 3.9 cm.
Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan on 2001-07-22
Avery Co.
Comment: Specimen in the NCSU Insect Museum. Wingspan = 7.8 cm; forewing length = 3.8 cm. Hind tibiae are flattened and poorly spined.
Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 1992-08-22
Mitchell Co.
Comment: Hind tibiae are laterally flattened and sparsely spined. Wingspan = 7.8 cm; forewing length = 3.7 cm.