Underwing Moths (Catocala spp.)

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Large genus of similar looking moths, many with mottled forewings and striking red/orange/yellow and black hindwings.
Epione Underwing (Catocala epione) Epione Underwing (Catocala epione)
Alexander Co., NC
3 July 2009

Harry LeGrand and I saw several of these large moths as they fluttered to tree trunks. They were quite skittish and difficult to photograph because they usually flushed before I could get within photographic distance. The dorsal hindwings were jet black with a bright white border. When they first landed, they often held their wings apart and up at an angle before settling in. The habitat was a granite outcrop slope with patches of Virginia Pine, Chestnut Oak, and Pignut Hickory.


Ilia Underwing(Catocala ilia) Ilia Underwing (Catocala ilia)
Orange Co., NC
20 July 2005

Widespread in NC, caterpillars feed on various oaks.

Ilia Underwing(Catocala ilia) Ilia Underwing (Catocala ilia)
Orange Co., NC
24 June 2009
Ilia Underwing(Catocala ilia) Ilia Underwing (Catocala ilia)
Orange Co., NC
24 June 2009

Probably Ilia Underwing (Catocala ilia) or Umbrosa Underwing (Catocala umbrosa)
Pine flatwoods/pocosin edge in Richmond Co., NC
14 June 2008

Catocala umbrosa was recently split from C. ilia and inhabits drier habitats than the latter, but not all experts have accepted this split.

Probably Ilia Underwing (Catocala ilia) or Umbrosa Underwing (Catocala umbrosa)
Pine flatwoods/pocosin edge in Richmond Co., NC
14 June 2008
Probably Ilia Underwing (Catocala ilia) or Umbrosa Underwing (Catocala umbrosa)
Pine flatwoods/pocosin edge in Richmond Co., NC
14 June 2008

Same individual as the above two photos but with different lighting from the flash.


Widow Underwing (Catocala vidua)
Mixed forest in Orange Co., NC
16 Aug 2018
Widow Underwing (Catocala vidua)
Mixed forest in Durham Co., NC
20 August 2005

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