Tarache bella Barnes and Benjamin
Tarache bella Barnes and Benjamin, 1922, Contr. Nat. Hist. Lepid. N. Amer., 5(1):45.
Diagnosis: The overall coloration of this striking species
is pure white. The basal half of the forewing has small olive-yellow spots.
The postmedial line ascends straight up from the inner margin before curling
around the reniform in a trapezoidal evagination. The oribicular and reniform
are both present and gray in color. A gray patch connects descends from
the costa around the outer margin of the reniform. The postmedial area
is rusty-red with discrete blue and white streaking in its lower half.
The fringe is white except for two small rusty-red patches. The hindwing
is light tinged with yellow-brown. Forewing expanse from base to apex 13 mm.
Distribution: (Based on material in the USNM). Tarache bella occurs in western Texas, westward across New Mexico and Arizona to southern California. The flight period stretches from July to August.
Identification Quality: Excellent
Distribution map based on specimens in the USNM
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