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Genus Acontia

Acontia coquillettii Acontia cretata? - Acontia cretata Acontia n-sp  - Acontia n-sp-two ? Acontia cretata - Acontia cretata Acontia cretata ? - Acontia cretata Tarache -? - Acontia cretata Acontia behrii ? - Acontia cretata Acontia behrii
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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 Acontia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acontia Ochsenheimer, 1816
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Acontia is from Greek άκοντίας, an ancient name of the "dart snake," referring to the moth's quick movements. Acontias is a genus of lance skink. (1), (2)
5 spp. n. of Mex. - MPG
Adult - forewing a mix of blackish (usually distally and/or along inner margin) and white patches (usually basally and/or along costa); some species sexually dimorphic; hindwing often whitish but grayish to blackish in several species, usually darker toward outer margin, and often with a pale fringe.
sw US - MPG
mostly: April to September (BG data)
Larvae in this genus feed on a variety of herbaceous and woody plants but individual species often have one or few host plants.
Acontia chea
Acontia jaliscana
Acontia cretata Chalky Bird-dropping Moth
Acontia coquillettii
Acontia behrii
Print References
Ochsenheimer, F. 1816. Die schmetterlinge von Europa 4: 92.
Internet References
pinned adult images of numerous species found in the west (Moth Photographers Group)