Noctuidae - Acontiinae




Spragueia guttata Grote

Spragueia guttata Grote, 1875, Canad. Ent., 7:225.

Diagnosis: Spragueia guttata is a combination of orange patches with a white background reticulated with thin, but prominent, black lines. This species is not sexually dimorphic. The orange is mostly concentrated as broad stripe along the postmedial line, a curving broad band around the apex and along the outer margin of the wing, and diffuse patches near the base of the wing. The reniform is a large white spotted outlined in black. Other lines and veins in the light, white areas are accented with black. The hindwing is uniformly dark smokey brown. The thorax is orange with a square black box filled with orange on the dorsum. Wing length from base to apex in one selected individual 7 mm.

Distribution: (Based only on specimens in the USNM). This species occurs in Louisiana and Texas in the United States. Its distribution includes several states in Mexico as well.

Identification Quality: Good

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Spragueia guttata has the following foodplants listed: Parthenium hysterophorus (Asteraceae) (HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants, British Museum of Natural History, 2009).

Distribution map based on specimens in the USNM


Spragueia guttata

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