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Species Tarache delecta - Delightful Bird Dropping Moth - Hodges#9146

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Classification
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)
Tribe Acontiini
Genus Tarache
Species delecta (Delightful Bird Dropping Moth - Hodges#9146)
Hodges Number
9146
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acontia delecta (Walker, [1858])
Size
wingspan 28-32 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing white with brown and blue shading in basal and subterminal areas; these two areas sometimes merge; hindwing yellow with broad gray terminal band (sometimes incomplete) and yellow fringe
Range
New York to Florida, west to Texas
Habitat
on flowers in open fields during day
Season
adults fly from May to July and again in September (two broods)
Food
larvae feed on Swamp Rosemallow (Hibiscus grandiflorus) and presumably a related plant in the northern part of its range where Swamp Rosemallow doesn't occur
Internet References
pinned adult image by John Glaser, plus date and location (Larry Line, Maryland)
description of adult plus common name reference, habitat, flight season, larval foodplant (butterfliesandmoths.org)
distribution and pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)