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Species Ponometia binocula - Prairie Bird-dropping Moth - Hodges#9089

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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 Ponometia
Species binocula (Prairie Bird-dropping Moth - Hodges#9089)
Hodges Number
9089
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ponometia binocula – (Grote, 1875)
Tarache binocula - Grote, 1875
Size
wingspan about 2 cm
Identification
forewing is bright white with the outer half crossed by a wide, dark brown and gray band. The costa is white for the basal two-thirds then divided by an orange patch. A dark round spot ringed with paler scales is at the end of the disc. Hindwings are white and shaded with gray-brown along the outer margin upper half.
Type specimen from Bastrop County, Texas
Range
Great Plains from southern Manitoba west to southeastern Alberta, southwest to Arizona. (1)
Habitat
Prairie (considered a good indicator species for a healthy prairie)
Food
larval host is unknown
See Also
Ponometia elegantula, (formerly Conochares arizonae) which is similar but lacks the yellow-orange areas on the FW.