Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Little Underwing
Catocala minuta Edwards, 1864

Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Erebinae
Identification: Forewing mottled light and dark brown; note white st. line that widens toward costa. Lines black, indistinct except zig-zag pm. line; black shading along am. line. Hindwing yellowish orange with black bands that bleed into background toward inner margin. Median loop rounded (rather than pointed, as in Little Nymph); marginal band complete.
Wing Span: 3.5-4.5 cm.
Life History:
Flight: June-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Honey locust and water locust.
Adult Food:
Range: New York to Florida, west to South Dakota and Texas.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL