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Species Ponometia dorneri - Hodges#9091

Ponometia binocula - Ponometia dorneri Acontiini - Ponometia dorneri Acontiini - Ponometia dorneri Ponometia dorneri Moth - Ponometia dorneri bird-dropping moth - Ponometia dorneri Ponometia dorneri Ponometia dorneri
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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 Ponometia
Species dorneri (Ponometia dorneri - Hodges#9091)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ponometia dorneri (Barnes & McDunnough, 1913)(1)
Tarache dorneri Barnes and McDunnough, 1913,
Phylogenetic sequence # 931315
Ponometia has 34 species in America north of Mexico.(2)
Forewing length 9-10 mm.(3)
Adapted from The basal half of the forewing is pure white. A dark brown, roughly s-shaped mark occupies the outer half of the wing. This zig-zag brown patch leaves a large white triangle extending basally from the outer FW margin. The fringe is pure white. The FW has a rectangular spot about in the middle of the costal margin which does not quite reach the reniform spot. The hindwing is white, but heavily tinged with brown along its inner margin. Wing length from base to apex in one selected individual 9 mm.
The original description as Tarache dorneri Barnes and McDunnough, is available online in the print references below. (4)
New Mexico, southern and western Texas.(3)(5)
Mexico. (3)
Adults appear to be most common from April to August.
Print References
Barnes and McDunnough, 1913, Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America. 2(3): 117, pl. 4, figs. 8,9. (4)
Works Cited
1.Review of the New World genera of the subfamily Acontiinae (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae)
J. Donald Lafontaine, Robert W. Poole . 2010. ZooKeys 39: 137–160 .
2.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
3.Noctuidae of North America (
4.Contributions to the natural history of the Lepidoptera of North America (Vols. 1-4)
William Barnes and James Halliday McDunnough. 1911. Decatur ILL., The Review Press.
5.Assessment of insects, especially moths (Lepidoptera), of the White Sands National Monument
Eric H. Metzler. 2011. Western National Parks Association.