Photographs from a syntype in the British Museum of
Natural History. Courtesy of J.D. Lafontaine
Distribution map based on specimens in the USNM
Tarache sutor (Hampson)
Graeperia sutor Hampson, 1910, Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum, 10:677, pl. 169, fig. 9.
Diagnosis: A frontal process is present and strong consisting
of an ovate ring with dorsal and ventral projecting plates. The upper
plate is longer and more projecting than the lower plate. The upper plate
is square to rectangular and the leading margin is toothed. The male and
female are probably sexually dimorphic. However only males are present
in the USNM collection. The basal two-thirds of the forewing are yellow-tan.
The only basal marking is a brown streak on the costa at the position
of the antemedial line. The orbicular is a small, black dot and the reniform
is a thin oval. A pair of brown lines arise from the costa arcing around
the outer side of the reniform. A rectangular brown blotch arises from
the inner margin to the bottom of the reniform. The postmedial line is
represented by a series of three black lunules located very basal to the
inner margin of the rectangle. The subterminal and terminal areas are
yellow-tan. The fringe is primarily gray-brown, but interrupted twice
by yellow-brown. The female is unknown to me. Forewing expanse from base to apex in one selected specimen 10 mm.
Distribution: (Based only on specimens in the USNM). This species was described from Nogales in southern Arizona. It is also known from specimens collected in central Mexico.
Identification Quality: Good