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SLEEPY UNDERWING
PINK UNDERWING
CATOCALA CONCUMBENS

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Classification

Phylum Arthropoda

Class Insecta

Order Lepidoptera

Superfamily Noctuoidea

Family Erebidae

Tribe Catocalini

Genus Catocala

Species C. Concumbens

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Sleepy Underwing caterpilar

Sleepy underwing caterpilar

SLEEPY UNDERWING
( PINK UNDERWING )
CATOCALA CONCUMBENS

Catocala concumbens, the sleepy underwing or pink underwing, is a moth of the family Erebidae. It is found in eastern North America, west across the southern half of the Prairie Provinces to eastern Alberta.

Forewing pale gray with whitish and tan shading; lines sharp, thin, black. Hindwing pink, rarely yellow, with black bands; inner black band even, not reaching inner margin. Hindwing fringe whitish and wide. Wing Span: 6-7.5 cm. Flight: June-September. Range: Nova Scotia to North Carolina mountains, west to Manitoba and South Dakota.

Catocala is a generally Holarctic genus of moths in the family Erebidae. The genus was erected by Carl Linnaeus in his 1767 12th edition of Systema Naturae. The moths are commonly known as underwing moths or simply underwings.

Of the more than 250 known species, slightly less than half are found in North America , mostly in the United States , while the rest occur in Eurasia. Several of these species are native to Europe. A few species occur in the northern Neotropics and Indomalaya.

The best way to observe these moths is to go sugaring. Mix one cup sugar, two or more mashed bananas, one oz. molasses and one bottle of beer to make the solution. Sometimes a bit of dry yeast is added to help with the fermentation process. Find a woodlot and apply this bait mixture with a paint brush to tree trunks at dusk. Visit your trees through the evening to watch these magnificent moths and other insects enjoying the sugary concoction.


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