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Species Drasteria tejonica - Hodges#8640

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Erebinae
Tribe Melipotini
Genus Drasteria
Species tejonica (Drasteria tejonica - Hodges#8640)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Drasteria tejonica (Behr, 1870)
Syneda tejonica Behr, 1870
Syneda perfecta Hy. Edwards, 1884
* phylogenetic sequence #930914
Explanation of Names
Named for Fort Tejon, California where three of the four Behr specimens were collected.
Wingspan about 30-36 mm.
south-western, CA east to CO, TX (1)
See Also
Drasteria mirifica - Note the double subterminal line. In D. tejonica the outer dark grey line becomes weak and disappearing well before the costal edge and doesn't reach it. In D. mirifica this line is strong and obvious through all of its length and reaches the costal edge. Also D. tejonica has a grey median area of forewings while in D. mirifica median area is brownish or yellowish (from comments by Jan Metlevski here and here)
Drasteria howlandii - howlandii replaced by tejonica in the desert southwest (2)
Print References
Behr, H. 1870. Synopsis noctuidarum hucusque in California Repertarum. Trans. American Ent. Soc 3: 26
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
Moths of Southeastern Arizona - photos of pinned adults
Works Cited
1.North American Moth Photographers Group
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.