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Species Tarache abdominalis - Hodges#9138

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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 abdominalis (Tarache abdominalis - Hodges#9138)
Hodges Number
9138
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tarache abdominalis (Grote(1), 1877) (2)
Acontia abdominalis (Grote, 1877)
Phylogentic sequence # 931345 (3)
Size
The forewing length averages 11 mm. (4)
Smith (1900) listed the wingspan as 21-26 mm. (5)
Identification
Along the inner margin of the forewing near the base there is a elongated oval gray patch.
The lower half of the subterminal line is white
There is a small white rectangular spot along the costa near the apex.
Range
Nearctica.com reports the range as Texas to Nebraska. (4)
Moth Photographers Group extends the range to Tennessee and Kentucky. (6)
Season
Adults have two flights in Texas beginning in April; September to October.
In the northern areas of the range adults fly in June.
Food
The larval host is unknown. (4)
See Also
Tarache knowltoni, occurs from Colorado to Washington.
Compare to others on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group,
Print References
Grote, A.R. 1877. New species of Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist 9: 157.
Smith, J.B. 1900. Contributions toward a monograph of the Noctuidae of boreal North America. Revision of the Species of Acontia Ochs. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 27: 62. (5)