#8844 amestris

Three-staff Underwing

Catocala amestris Strecker, 1874

Family: Erebidae

Status: Resident

Range: Found from southern Michigan west to South Dakota and south to east Texas. It is also found in the Carolinas south into Florida.

Larval Hostplant(s): Leadplant, Indigo Bush (Amorpha).

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Broods/Flight Times: A single brood in July and August.

Habitat: Prairies, riparian areas and nearby associated woodlands.

Avg. Wingspan: Smaller Underwing, 2 2/3 – 2 Inches.

Found at: Box Elder WMA, Indian Cave State Park

Overwintering: As eggs on woody stems.

Identification: FW light brown to gray, am and pm lines clearly double at least halfway across the FW. Reniform with double black ring. HW ground color orange-yellow.

Similar Species: Abbreviated Underwing (C. abbreviatella) lacks the doubled FW lines.

Notes: Identifying features illustrated.

🔗Links: Moth Photographers Group, BugGuide.net

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