Noctuidae - Acontiinae




Photographs of male and female genitalia courtesy of C. Ferris and J.D. Lafontaine



Tarache areloides Barnes and McDunnough

Tarache areloides Barnes and McDunnough, 1912, Canad. Ent., 44:92.

Diagnosis: The basal half of the forewing is light yellow-brown in color and the basal and antemedial lines are vague, crenulated, double gray lines. The orbicular is an ovate circle partially nestled in a slight extension of the light area toward the reniform or contained half in the light half of the wing and half in the dark half. The reniform is obscure and if a dark, central spot is present it is linear and not oval. A small, light blue, short band accented with black of both sides is located just distal to the middle of the medial line. The costal white patch is trapezoidal and wider (left to right) than long (up and down). The male hindwing is light yellow-brown with a darker brown outer margin. The female hindwing is completely suffused with brown. Forewing length from base to apex 10 to 12.5 mm.

Distribution: Tarache areloides appears to confined to western New Mexico and eastern Arizona.

Adults fly in July and August and according to Ferris and Lafontaine (2009) are mostly found in forested mountain canyons.

Identification Quality: Excellent

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Unknown

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


Tarache areloides

Identifying the species of the areli species complex

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