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932213.62 – 9637.1   Magusa divaricata (Grote, 1874)
             Orbed Narrow-wing

Charles Melton
Distribution: Wanders or migrates northward from Central America and across the Caribbean as far as southern Canada.
Type locality: Racine, WI.
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 View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Stictoptera divaricata Grote, 1874
Magusa dissidens Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874
Magusa sarpida Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874
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.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • 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 Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
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