Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Tearful Underwing
Catocala lacrymosa Guenée, 1852

Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Erebinae
Identification: Forewing mottled dark gray, brown, and black; pattern variable, but look for whitish crescents accenting am. and pm. lines at inner margin. Distinct forms include "evelina" French (wide black band along inner margin of forewing), "paulina" Hy. Edw. (forewing entirely blackish out to white st. band), and "zelica" French (black basal patch and st. band). Hindwing black with checkered fringe that is mostly white but black near anal angle.
Wing Span: 6-8.2 cm.
Life History:
Flight: July-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Hickories.
Adult Food:
Range: Massachusetts to Florida, west to Wisconsin, Kansas, and Texas.
Management Needs:
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