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Species Drasteria fumosa - Smoky Arches - Hodges#8629

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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 fumosa (Smoky Arches - Hodges#8629)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Drasteria fumosa (Strecker, 1898)
Syneda fumosa Strecker, 1898
Melipotis brunneifasciata Barnes & McDunnough, 1916
* phylogenetic sequence #930901
Explanation of Names
FUMOSA: from the Latin "fumosus" (smoky); probably refers to the color of the forewing, and is the origin of the suggested common name Smoky Arches [the name "Arches" is used for conformity with some other species in the genus]
Adult: forewing basal and PM areas dark gray to blackish; PM line highly convoluted, merging with outer edge of large reniform spot, as in other Drasteria species; subterminal area lighter gray; median area variably light grayish-brown to brownish-orange; top of thorax light brownish-gray with two dark subdorsal lines behind collar; hindwing whitish to pale gray on basal two-thirds, contrasting sharply with dark gray distal third.
California east to Utah and Texas.
Oak woodlands.
Adults fly in summer.
See Also
Drasteria pallescens is very similar but lacks dark subdorsal lines on top of thorax.
Print References
Barnes, W. & J. H. McDunnough 1916. New species and varieties of North American Lepidoptera. Contr. nat. Hist. Lep. N. Am. 3(1): 17, pl.1, f.4. (1)
Strecker, H. 1898. New species of Lepidoptera. Lep. Rhopal. Het., Suppl. 1: 12
Internet References
Works Cited
1.New species and varieties of North American Lepidopter
William Barnes & James H. McDunnough. 1916. Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America, Volume 3, Issue 1.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group