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Species Drasteria inepta - Inept Drasteria - Hodges#8622

Moth # 08-18 - Drasteria inepta Moth - Drasteria inepta Noctuid? - Drasteria inepta Drasteria inepta Montosa Moth - Drasteria inepta Moth to ID, Madera Canyon, Arizona - Drasteria inepta Noctuid sp. - Drasteria inepta Xestia smithii? - Drasteria inepta
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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 inepta (Inept Drasteria - Hodges#8622)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1881 by Edwards, who originally placed it in genus Synedoida
wingspan about 35-43 mm, based on several Internet photos
forewing length 16 - 20mm (1)
Adult: dull, drab, and unremarkable compared to bright colors and bold patterns of other Drasteria species; forewing variably yellowish-gray to orangish-brown with dark C-shaped reniform spot surrounded by pale spots; AM, PM, and terminal lines scalloped, indistinct; subterminal line irregular, meandering; hindwing pale yellowish basally, dark gray distally, with dark veins and discal lunule; fringe whitish
Arizona to western Texas, north to Colorado and Utah, Wyoming (1)
adults fly from March to October in western Texas (1)
the type specimen was collected in Colorado

adults rest on the ground in dry rocky areas and are active at night (1)
See Also
bears closer resemblance to some Caradrina species than other Drasteria species, which are more brightly colored and boldly patterned
can also be mistaken for pale forms of Forsbia cinis - see below
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.