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Noctuidae
932282.009637.1Magusa divaricata – Orbed Narrow-wing Moth – (Grote, 1874)

Charles Melton
Distribution: Wanders or migrates northward from Central America and across the Caribbean as far as southern Canada.
Type Locality: Racine, WI.
Description/
Field Marks:
See photographs for multitude of forms.
Similar Species:
  • 9637 Magusa orbifera, limited to southern Florida and Caribbean Islands, is typically smaller but some divaricata can be as small as the smallest orbifera. Both species are polymorphic and can be separated only by examination of genitalia.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: Select/reselect View by Region on the related species page.)
Taxonomic Notes: Magusa divaricata (Grote, 1874), formerly treated as a synonym of 9637 Magusa orbifera, is raised to full species status in Lafontaine et al. (2009), Lepidoptera Novae, 2: 35-40.
References
  • Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Grote, A.R., 1874. On the Noctuidae of North America. Sixth Annual report of the trustees of the Peabody Academy of Science, 1873: 21-38.
  • Lafontaine J.D., T.S. Dickel, M.R. Hone, 2009. Taxonomy and identification of Magusa species (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Xyleninae). Lepidoptera Novae, 2: 35-40.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Magusa divaricata
Robin Mcleod
Magusa divaricata
Maury Heiman
Magusa divaricata
Maury Heiman
Magusa divaricata
40mm – Jim Vargo
Magusa divaricata
40mm – Jim Vargo

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