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Species Tarache huachuca - Hodges#9113

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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)
Tribe Acontiini
Genus Tarache
Species huachuca (Tarache huachuca - Hodges#9113)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tarache huachuca (Smith, 1903)
Conacontia huachuca Smith, 1903
Conacontia orba Smith, 1903
Explanation of Names
Author: Smith, 1903; specific name from Huachuca Mountains in Arizona.
Therasea orba Smith, 1903 was apparently first treated as a synonym of T. huachuca by R. W. Poole at and the synonomy was formalized in Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010).
Wingspan 21-25mm (based on specimens at Moth Photographers Group)
See Also
Narrow-winged Midget (Therasea augustipennis) forewing may also have four white patches along costa, but the first patch extends almost half-way along costa, the remaining patches are much smaller than the first, and the reniform and orbicular spots are usually not surrounded by white (compare images of both species by Jim Vargo in MPG link below)
Print References
Lafontaine & Schmidt, 2010: 134. (1)
Poole, R.W. Noctuidae of North America. Nomina Insecta Nearctica.
Internet References
pinned adult images plus photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)