#8794 lacrymosa

Tearful Underwing

Catocala lacrymosa Guenee, 1852

Family: Erebidae

Status: Resident

Range: Eastern United States west as far as southeast Nebraska and central Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Absent/rare north of the Great Lakes.

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

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Broods/Flight Times: A single summer brood, July into September.

Habitat: Deciduous woodlands.

Avg. Wingspan: Medium size, 2 1/3 – 3 1/4 Inches.

Found at:

Overwintering: As eggs on tree bark

Identification: Pattern variable but note white crescents on inner margin of forewing. Hindwing is black with prominently barred white fringe, but black near anal angle (3)

Similar Species: The FWs are darker than similar Underwings.

Notes: Identifying features illustrated.

Literature Cited: (3) Covell, C. V. Jr. 1984 A Field Guide to the Moths of Eastern North America. Peterson Field Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Co.; Boston. 496 pp.

🔗Links: Moth Photographers Group, BugGuide.net

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