Noctuidae - Acontiinae




Tarache major (Smith)

Acontia major Smith, 1900, Trans. Amer. Ent. Soc., 27:64.

Diagnosis: Tarache major is the largest species of the lanceolata species group. The forewing costa is white with a heavy brown bar at the position of the position of the postmedial line. The inner half of the forewing from the inner margin to the lower positions of the oribicular and reniform is dark brown without a medial indentation. The subterminal line is represented by a series of gray dots in the white patch at the outer angle. The hindwing is a distinctive yellow brown with the outer margin suffused with a dark brown. Wing expanse from base to apex in one selected individual 19 mm.

Distribution: (Based only on specimens in the USNM). Tarache major has a wide distribution in the western United States, but is not common. The species reaches as far north as northern Idaho reaching as far south and west and southern California. The eastern limits of its range seem to be central Colorado.

Identification Quality: Excellent

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Unknown

Tarache major

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