Species Details

Catocala relicta

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Common NameWhite Underwing, The Relict SeasonalityAdults are on the wing from late July through September. IdentificationA large (6.7-7.5 cm wingpan) moth with white forewings crossed by several diffuse black bands and lines, the most prominent being the median band. The hindwings are jet black with a white median band and a narrow white terminal band and fringe. The amount of dark scaling on the forewings varies greatly among populations. The antennae are simple and the adults look alike. Unmistakable.

Scientific Name Catocala relicta Common Name White Underwing, The Relict Habitat Mature hardwood and mixedwood forest, in particular aspen forest. Seasonality Adults are on the wing from late July through September. Identification
A large (6.7-7.5 cm wingpan) moth with white forewings crossed by several diffuse black bands and lines, the most prominent being the median band. The hindwings are jet black with a white median band and a narrow…
A large (6.7-7.5 cm wingpan) moth with white forewings crossed by several diffuse black bands and lines, the most prominent being the median band. The hindwings are jet black with a white median band and a narrow white terminal band and fringe. The amount of dark scaling on the forewings varies greatly among populations. The antennae are simple and the adults look alike. Unmistakable.
Life History
Adults are nocturnal and come to light, but they are best collected using sugar baits. The adults emerge in late summer and early fall, and the eggs overwinter. The larvae, which are solitary defoliators, hatch in…
Adults are nocturnal and come to light, but they are best collected using sugar baits. The adults emerge in late summer and early fall, and the eggs overwinter. The larvae, which are solitary defoliators, hatch in May and can be found until early August. There is one brood per year.
Conservation A common, widespread insect. No concerns. Diet Info
No Alberta data. Elsewhere in Canada the larvae feed mainly on Aspen poplar (Populus tremuloides). Also reported, much less frequently, from Balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera), willow (Salix) and White birch (Betula…
No Alberta data. Elsewhere in Canada the larvae feed mainly on Aspen poplar (Populus tremuloides). Also reported, much less frequently, from Balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera), willow (Salix) and White birch (Betula papyrifera).
Range
Across southern Canada, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, south to Missouri and Arizona. In Alberta, it is found throughout the Aspen parklands, southern Boreal forest north to the northern Peace River area, and…
Across southern Canada, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, south to Missouri and Arizona. In Alberta, it is found throughout the Aspen parklands, southern Boreal forest north to the northern Peace River area, and the foothills and lower elevations in the mountains. It is also present in smaller numbers in cottonwood stands along the rivers of the grasslands region (Dinosaur Provincial Park and Lethbridge).

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"Catocala relicta, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-811. Accessed 08 Dec. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Catocalinae Genus Catocala Species Catocala relicta
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum