Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Yellow-Banded Underwing
Catocala cerogama Guenée 1852

Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Erebinae
Identification: Easily recognized by the even, deep yellow band on hindwing. Forewing usually brownish gray; note pale band connecting whitish subreniform spot to costa. Forewing darker brown in melanic form "ruperti" Franc.
Wing Span: 6.4-8.1 cm.
Life History:
Flight: July-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: American basswood.
Adult Food:
Range: Nova Scotia to North Carolina, west to Manitoba, South Dakota, and Missouri.
Conservation: Common wherever basswood is plentiful.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL

Pollinator Week was June 20-26, 2022!

Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.