Clouded Underwing

By William T. Hathaway

Clouded Underwing (Catocola nebulosa)

This moth was photographed on a pinning board at Averett College in Danville, Virginia during July, 1978. It was listed by authorities as locally common to rare in most of its areas of distribution. Since having captured only two Clouded Underwings over a period of 20 years or so, the moth should qualify as being rare in Pittsylvania County.

The prominent darker brown basal patch at the base of the wings provides an excellent identification feature. Many of the underwing moths have variable markings between the male and female of individual species.

As amateurs, our collecting group is always grateful when a specimen can be identified with reasonable certainty.

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