A moth of the Noctuidae family. Members of the genus Catocala (Underwings) are known for their cryptic coloration on the forewings and the all black or black banded hindwings. This moth is also known as the Forsaken Underwing and the Relict.|
Identification: The only eastern North American underwing with black and white banded hindwings. Forewings are camouflaged to blend into birch bark, i.e. grey, whitish, some black. Wingspan: 70-80 mm.
Life History: For more information on C. relicta's natural history visit this website: http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/kunkel/catocala.html
Habitat and Range: A Common species, that occurs in every province.
Host Plants: Poplar (Populus spp.), Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides), willow (Salix spp.).
Flight Period: July to October.