Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
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Underwing Moths – The Genus Catocala (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

  • Lawrence F. Gall
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_2297
The genus Catocala Schrank (Fig. 7) is a speciose group of colorful and large moths in the family Noctuidae. The adults range from 4 to nearly 14 cm in wingspan. Catocala are commonly known as “underwings,” in reference to the contrast between their drab, bark-colored forewings and their racily patterned hindwings, which are usually jet black with prominent yellow, orange, or red bands, and white fringes.
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence F. Gall
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  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA