Noctuidae - Acontiinae




Tarache albifusa (Ferris and Lafontaine)

Acontia albifusa Ferris and Lafontaine, 2009, Contributions to the Systematics of New World Macro-Moths. ZooKeys 9: 27-46. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.9.180.

Diagnosis: The basal two-thirds of the forewing are a dull white with a slight brownish suffusion. Both the antemedial and medial lines are present, but extremely indistinct. There is no distinct contrast between the inner two-thirds of the forewing and the outer third. The oribicular is a small, black spot, but the reniform is very large, filled with bluish-gray, and accented on the basal and distal sides with black. The postmedial line is a thin, double wavy line. The basal white patch on the costa is an outward curving triangle. The male hindwing is white suffused with yelllowish-brown. The male and female genitalia are both hightly distinctive. Forewing expanse from base to apex 9.5 to 11 mm.

Distribution: Tarache albifusa is known only from southern Arizona.

Identification Quality: Excellent

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Unknown

Distribution map courtesy of C. Ferris and J.D. Lafontaine


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