Catocala 2022

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Catocala 2022

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Catocala season finally started for me yesterday. Probably the latest start to the season I can remember. However, it makes sense since
spring was about 2 weeks late this year in Southern Wisconsin.

I had 1 C. ilia in the bait trap yesterday. This morning I had 4 and they were all different forms including a nice form conspicua.
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Great to hear Chris !

I put out my Mercury vapor light setup a couple times in June on nights I thought would yield catocala --- to no avail. We did have a rather unsettling June here in Illinois as the weather was still quite unstable. We had a few really hot days but we also had some periodic rainy ones and many cool nights.

I was hoping to maybe run across C. coccinata or illecta in my efforts as they are traditionally early summer (June) species. Now I'm wondering if we may see either of those now. Of course neither is quite as prolific as ilia.

Wish you well and keep us updated.
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I am a little more hopeful now that we received some good rainfall this past week. The last couple of days has yielded the following:
C. ilia form normanii
C. blandula
C. parta
C. insolabilis

Last year produced the most C. coccinata I have ever seen, and yes they are one of the earliest species. I did, however see them into mid summer, so hopefully I will still see C. coccinata yet this season. I don't think C. illecta ventures quite as far north as me.
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Anyone know this species? It's new to me. Western Maryland.

iNaturalist suggested a species not even close, and I couldn't find it on bugguide.

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Chuck wrote: Fri Jul 15, 2022 1:12 pm Anyone know this species? It's new to me. Western Maryland.

iNaturalist suggested a species not even close, and I couldn't find it on bugguide.
Catocala ilia? -

https://bugguide.net/node/view/1965259/bgimage
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livingplanet3 wrote: Fri Jul 15, 2022 1:23 pm
Chuck wrote: Fri Jul 15, 2022 1:12 pm Anyone know this species? It's new to me. Western Maryland.

iNaturalist suggested a species not even close, and I couldn't find it on bugguide.
Catocala ilia? -

https://bugguide.net/node/view/1965259/bgimage
Thanks! I thought I had a number of ilia, but not anything that looks like this specimen, which certainly does look like ilia on BG.
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It's C. ilia, f. conspicua.
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Having just noticed this latest post I've been beaten to the punch (so to speak) by livingplanet3 and 58chevy in identifying it. This is a nice form of C. ilia to encounter because you only run across it here and there. It is distinct because the rentiform spot of the fourwings is solidly white.

There are two other forms of this moth that I am aware of. In form "normani" the reniform spot is only (outlined in white) against a semi-melanic background. In form "satanus" the forewings are very blackened overall including the reniform spot.
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Here's a photo of all 4 ilia forms. Top left: typical, bottom left: normani, top right: conspicua, bottom right: satanas.
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Thanks guys for the ID on form conspicua. Odd that iNaturalist couldn't ID such a distinct form, but I suspect it's not even in there.
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After some much needed rain the Catocala action has picked up quite a bit with several species showing up for the first time this year.
C. ultronia
C. amica
C. neogama
C. paleogama
C. unijuga
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