#8874 minuta

Little Underwing

Catocala minuta Edwards, 1864

Family: Erebidae

Status: Resident

Range: Found from the eastern seaboard west into Colorado.

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

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Broods/Flight Times: A single brood flying through the summer.

Habitat: Deciduous woodlands.

Avg. Wingspan: Small Underwing, 1 1/3 – 1 3/4 Inches.

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

Overwintering: As eggs on woody stems.

Identification: FW with a whitish patch near the apex. On the HW the outer black band is unbroken while the inner band forms a complete loop. (5)

Similar Species: The Little Nymph Underwing (C. micronympha) is larger, the inner black band on the HW is sharply angled at the apex.

Notes: Identifying features illustrated.

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

🔗Links: Moth Photographers Group, BugGuide.Net

Little Underwing, Dawes Co., NE., July 31, 2015, Matthew Brust
Little Underwing