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Genus Drasteria

Madera Canyon moth - Drasteria pallescens Drasteria fumosa Drasteria tejonica - Drasteria howlandii 8640  - Drasteria howlandii Underwing? Drasteria? - Drasteria petricola Drasteria howlandii? - Drasteria howlandii Drasteria sp. - Drasteria Erebidae: Drasteria perplexa - Drasteria perplexa
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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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Drasteria Hübner, 1818
Aleucanitis Warren, 1913
Bolina Duponchel, 1845
Leucanitis Guenée, 1852
Syneda Guenée, 1852
Synedoida Edwards, 1878
Synedoida synonymized with Drasteria (Hübner) Richards, 1933
McDunnough check list (1938) and Franclemont and Todd list (in Hodges et al. 1983) mistakenly did not include the above synonomy
Synedoida re-synonymized with Drasteria Poole, 1989 Bruce Walsh, comment #53
28 species in North America (1)
2 species in eastern Canada (CBIF)
10 species in western Canada (CBIF)
wingspan 30-40 mm
most of United States and southern Canada; species diversity much greater in the west
See Also
other members of the subfamily Catocalinae, especially Catocala species, which have brightly colored hindwings similar to Drasteria
Print References
Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010) Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. (1)
Internet References
BOLDSYSTEMS website page for the genus Drasteria - Specimens identified by DNA analysis
pinned adult images of 22 species occurring in western North America, plus photos of similar species (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images of both species occurring in eastern Canada (CBIF)
pinned adult images of all 10 species occurring in western Canada (CBIF)
synonyms including Synedoida and Syneda and three other genera (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .