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scientific name    Catocala ultronia    (Hbn.)

common name     Dark Red Underwing, Ultronia Underwing

habitat
Dry woodland edges and tall shrub, especially wild cherry shrublands; urban plantations.

seasonality
Adults are on the wing in early August in Alberta.

identification
A medium-sized (4.6-6.0 cm wingspan) moth with dark forewings and red and black hindwings. The forewings are a smooth, dark rich chocolate and grey brown with several fine erratic horizontal lines. A narrow patch along the costa at the apex is lighter brown. The hindwings are deep red-orange, almost scarlet, and are crossed by a complete black median line and a wider black terminal band. The basal area is covered with long black hairs, and the fringes are mostly dark. Both the sexes are similar. The antennae are filiform. Ultronia cannot be mistaken for any other Alberta Catocala.

life history
The adults are nocturnal and come to light, but are more likely to be taken at sugar baits. Larvae are solitary defoliators. The egg is the overwintering stage. There is one brood per year.

conservation
Scarce in Alberta, at the northern edge of its range. No immediate concerns.

diet info
No Alberta data. Elsewhere reported to use members of the Rosacea, including apple (Malus) and wild cherries (Prunus sp.).

range
Ultronia occurs throughout much of eastern North America, south to Florida and Texas. It ranges west across the southern parts of Canada to extreme southeast British Columbia. In Alberta, it occurs mainly in dry shrubby woodland edge along the river valleys of the plains, north to Dinosaur Provincial Park.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=813



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