Catocala innubens
OWLET MOTHS (Erebidae)

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The Betrothed Moth is a large Underwing with a wingspan of about 2.5 inches (55-72 mm). The forewing is mottled gray, white and brown. The subreniform spot is usually white with a pale white bar passing through it. The hindwing is black with orange bands and fringe. The caterpillar is brown and elongate.


This species has been photographed in Fontenelle Forest in mid August 2015 and at Neale Woods on the Krimlofski tract in early July 2021. Adults fly from June to September. There is one generation a year. The species overwinters as an egg laid on tree bark in the fall.


Larvae feed on the leaves of honeylocust and black walnut.


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