False Underwing

Subject: Some kind of catocala moth?
Location: Troy, VA
August 3, 2016 9:11 am
After doing a search, I’m pretty sure this is a catocala moth, what kind eludes me. It’s lovely, whatever it is, and it was quite obliging by showing its underwings.
Signature: Grace Pedalino

Large Yellow Underwing
False Underwing

Dear Grace,
Though the common name Underwing is shared by your moth as well as the Underwings in the genus
Catocala, your individual is actually a False Underwing, Allotria elonympha, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on a variety of deciduous trees, such as Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica), hickories, walnuts.”  Black Gum is also the only host listed for The Hebrew you just submitted, so we are speculating there is at least one growing nearby.

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