Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFErebidae Members: 26 NC Records

Catocala subnata Grote, 1864 - Youthful Underwing


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ErebinaeTribe: CatocaliniP3 Number: 930788.00 MONA Number: 8797.00
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 sunata, other members of this group that occur in North Carolina include retecta, dejecta, ulalume, insolabilis, myristica, vidua, maestosa, lachrymosa, palaeogama, nebulosa, and neogama.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Wingspan: 75-90 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: Most of our records come from cove forests in the Mountains. Habitats used in the Piedmont are unclear.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Bitternut Hickory (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 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 subnata - Youthful Underwing

Photos: 8

Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2019-07-30
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-14
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-14
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-07-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2014-07-01
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2010-08-05
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: D.L. Wray on 1965-08-27
Watauga Co.
Comment: Specimen in the NCSU Insect Museum. Wingspan = 8.1 cm; forewing length = 4.0 cm. Hind tibiae cylindrical and well-spined.