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Drasteria pulchra caught on Buckhorn Cactus - Drasteria pulchra

Drasteria pulchra caught on Buckhorn Cactus - Drasteria pulchra
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, California, USA
March 20, 1999
Size: Costal forewing 16 mm
This beautiful moth (Latin, pulcher = beautiful) was captured by a crab spider on a Buckhorn Cactus in Culp Valley, elevation about 3200'. It was identified by the late Ron Leuschner. It is distinguished from the more common Desert False Underwing (Drasteria tejonica) by the median band. In D. pulchra the median bank is yellowish and zigzag; in D. tejonica it is whitish and curved. It will need a new guide page.

Moved from Drasteria.

Yes. Drasteria pulchra
Yes. Drasteria pulchra

Drasteria pulchra
Thank you for verifying this beautiful moth species.

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