Catocala vidua

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Widow underwing
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Catocala
Species: C. vidua
Binomial name
Catocala vidua
(Smith, 1797)[1]
Synonyms
  • Catabapta vidua
  • Phalaena vidua Smith, 1797
  • Catocala desperata Guenée, 1852

The widow underwing (Catocala vidua) is a moth of the Erebidae family. It is found from southern Ontario, into Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut, south at least to Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, west to Texas and Oklahoma, and north to Wisconsin.

The wingspan is 70–80 mm. Adults are on wing from August to October. There is one generation per year.

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The larvae feed on Carya illinoinensis, Carya ovata, Carya pallida, Juglans cinerea, Juglans nigra, Quercus, Robinia pseudoacacia, and Salix.

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