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Species Drasteria divergens - Hodges#8630

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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 divergens (Drasteria divergens - Hodges#8630)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Drasteria divergens (Behr, 1870)
Synedoida divergens
Phylogenetic sequence # 930902 (1)
Forewing length 16-22 mm.
Adult: forewing dark brown to blackish in basal and median areas, light brownish-gray in AM and terminal areas; reniform spot with pointed projections and white highlights; AM line has peculiar but distinctive lobed shaped; hindwing yellowish-orange with curving black lines across disk, and two large black spots along upper half of outer margin
California to Colorado to British Columbia.
Adults fly February through September. (2)
See Also
Drasteria hastingsii may be the most similar Drasteria species; its forewing differs in having a black spot at the apex, and pearl gray shading beyond the subterminal line (compare images of both species at CBIF)
* pinned adult at Moth Photographers Group
The forewing of Melipotis novanda male is very similar but has a wavier subterminal line and a differently shaped AM line.

Internet References
presence in California; list 33 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
distribution in Canada British Columbia only (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)