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Species Drasteria occulta - Occult Drasteria Moth - Hodges#8619

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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 occulta (Occult Drasteria Moth - Hodges#8619 )
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Drasteria occulta (Hy. Edwards, 1881)
Syneda occulta Hy. Edwards, 1881
* phylogenetic sequence #930892
Larvae mature to 26 mm (Crumb, 1956).
Larvae - generally brown with light brown and blackish lines; head brown with white stripes (Crumb, 1956).

Adult - the only similar Drasteria in D. occulta's range is D. graphica atlantica, which can be differentiated by the well-defined ST line on the forewings. D. occulta's ST line isn't so much a "line" as it is a boundary between the darker and lighter brown portions of the wings. Both these species can be equally common at the same locations in coastal pine barrens habitats such as the New Jersey pine barrens.
Limited to coastal habitats, and it has a fairly limited range from maybe ME to NC.
blueberry (Vaccinium) (Crumb, 1956).
Print References
Crumb, S. E. 1956. The larvae of the Phalaenidae. USDA Technical Bulletin 1135: 272
Edwards, Hy. 1881. Descriptions of some new species of Heterocera. Papilio 1(7): 118
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – species page (1)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (2)