#8851 coccinata

Scarlet Underwing

Catocala coccinata Grote, 1872

Family: Erebidae

Status: Resident

Range: Found from the eastern seaboard west to the Dakotas and central Texas.

Larval Hostplant(s): Various Oaks (Quercus)

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

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

Habitat: Deciduous woodlands.

Avg. Wingspan: Small to medium sized Underwing, 2 1/4 – 2 3/4 Inches.

Found at: Indian Cave State Park, Fontenelle Forest, Niobrara Valley Preserve.

Overwintering: As eggs on woody stems.

Identification: FW light gray and mottled with diffuse anal and basal dashes. HW bright red/scarlet ground color with checkered white fringe with occasional red highlights at apex (5)

Similar Species: None. The scarlet HW sets this species apart.

Notes: Identifying features illustrated.

Literature Cited: (5) Bill Oehlke’s Moth website

🔗Links: Moth Photographers Group, BugGuide.net

Scarlet Underwing
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