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Wonderful Underwing Moth

Catocala mira


Moth with basal area of forewing not dark/blackish (as it is in C. blandula and crataegi); subterminal area shaded with brown; subreniform spot conspicuous and usually pale brown; pale whitish area runs obliquely from costa to subreniform spot; part of PM line forms a black streak parallel to inner margin near anal angle unbroken


It is found from Manitoba through southern Ontario and Quebec through New Hampshire and Connecticut to Florida, west to Texas and north through Iowa and Illinois. shrubby pastures, river floodplains, and wood edges where larval food plant (hawthorn) grows. This one was photographed in Edgefield County, SC.


Adults fly in July and August - or earlier (June) in the south. Larvae feed on leaves of hawthorn (Crataegus spp.). This one was confirmed on BAMONA.

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South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2012
Submitted on Feb 22, 2013

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