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Subfamily Acontiinae - Bird Dropping Moths

Moth AU - Ponometia fasciatella Spragueia funeralis 9129? - Spragueia funeralis Moth - Ponometia tripartita Tarachidia erastrioides - Ponometia erastrioides Ponometia septuosa - Hodges #9085.1 - Ponometia septuosa - male Tarache bella? - Tarache bella Caterpillar - Tarache Unknown Moth - Tarache
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Acontiinae (Bird Dropping Moths)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acontiinae Guenée, 1841
Explanation of Names
Acontiinae from the type genus Acontia (Ochsenheimer), from Greek, acontias, an ancient name of the "dart snake," referring to the moth's quick movements. Acontias is a genus of lance skink. (1)
All North American genera in this subfamily belong to tribe Acontiini. About 87 species in 10 genera in North America.
Print References
Lafontaine, J.D. & R.W. Poole 2010. Review of the New World genera of the subfamily Acontiinae (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). ZooKeys 39: 137–160 (2)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
2.Review of the New World genera of the subfamily Acontiinae (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae)
J. Donald Lafontaine, Robert W. Poole . 2010. ZooKeys 39: 137–160 .