#8840 illecta

Magdalen Underwing

Catocala illecta Walker, [1858]

Family: Erebidae

Status: Resident

Range: Found from Ontario south to South Carolina, then west to eastern Texas and Nebraska.

Larval Hostplant(s): Honey Locust (Gleditsia).

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Broods/Flight Times: A single mid-summer brood peaking in July.

Habitat: Prairies, meadows and woodlands containing or adjacent to host plants.

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

Found at: Fontenelle Forest, Homestead NM, Indian Cave SP.

Overwintering: As eggs on bark or woody growth.

Identification: FW evenly pale gray with fine black single lines. HW light yellow with widely separated black bands, the inner band irregular and ending abruptly before the inner margin. (2)

Similar Species: Ciinton’s Underwing (C. clintoni) is smaller and has prominent FW basal dashes.

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

Magdalen Underwing
Magdalen Underwing larva
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