#8793 maestosa

Sad Underwing

Catocala maestosa Hulst, 1884

Family: Erebidae

Status: Resident

Range: Eastern United States west as far as southeast Nebraska and central Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Larval Hostplant(s): Hickory (Carya) and Walnut (Juglans).

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Broods/Flight Times: A single summer brood, July to October.

Habitat: Deciduous woodlands.

Avg. Wingspan: Large size, 3 – 3 7/8 Inches.

Found at: Indian Cave State Park

Overwintering: As eggs on hostplant

Identification: FW with a strongly marked arch from costa above the reniform to just below the apex at the outer margin. HW black with white fringe and extensive gray basal hairs (2)

Similar Species: The Widow Underwing (C. vidua) is smaller with a more extensively marked FW.  On the HW the white fringe is broader.

Notes: Identifying features illustrated.

Literature Cited: (2) Sargent, T. D. 1976 Legion of the Night. The Underwing Moths, Univ. Mass. Press; Amherst; 222 pp.

🔗Links: Moth Photographers Group, BugGuide.net

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