Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Drasteria hastingsii (Hy. Edwards, 1878)

Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Erebinae
Wing Span: 3.2-3.6 cm
Life History:
Flight: Two broods; April through June and mid July to mid September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Buckwheats (Eriogonum spp.) in the Polygonaceae.
Adult Food:
Habitat: Dry steppe habitat, especially those with lithosol soils.
Range: The range of D. hastingsii is incompletely known because of confusion with D. mirifica. It appears most likely that it is a Pacific Northwest endemic species.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.

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