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Species Drasteria howlandii - Hodges#8639

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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 howlandii (Drasteria howlandii - Hodges#8639)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Drasteria howlandii (Grote, 1865)
Drasteria tejonica (Behr, 1870)
Syneda tejonica Behr, 1870
Syneda perfecta Hy. Edwards, 1884
Syneda howlandii Grote, 1865
Syneda exquisita Hampson, 1926
Phylogenetic Sequence # 930913
Forewing length 16-17 mm. (1)

Larva - light grey with logitudinal striping, head pale with dark stripes. (1) Dyar describes all the larval instars.
Washington east to Nebraska and south to northern Arizona and western Texas. (1)
Adults have been found from March though September.
Larvae feed on buckwheat Eriogonum sp (Polygonaceae). (1)
Nocturnal but readily flushed during the day (1)
See Also
Drasteria hastingsii has redder dorsal hindwings. (2)
Drasteria stretchii is rarer and does not have the blue-gray band in the medial area like D. howlandii. (2)
Print References
Dyar, H.G. 1903. Descriptions of the larvae of some moths from Colorado. Proceedings of the USNM 25: 382-384
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.44.11f, p.258
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
PNW Moths - species page
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Pacific Northwest Moths