Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

BugGuide is a National Moth Week Partner. How to add your National Moth Week 2021 photos. July 17-25.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Previous events


Species Tarache arida - Hodges#9150

Bird Dropping Moth - Tarache arida noctuid - Tarache arida noctuid - Tarache arida tiger moth sp. - Tarache arida Tarache arida Tarache arida Tarache arida Tarache arida
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 arida (Tarache arida - Hodges#9150)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tarache arida (Smith, 1900)
Acontia arida Smith, 1900 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 931360 (2)
Forewing length 9 mm. (3)
The original description as Acontia arida Smith, and the Hampson (1910) revised description as Tarache arida are both available online in the print references below. (1)
Southern California, Nevada, and Utah to western Texas. (4), (5), (6)
Colorado records uncertain. (7), (3)
There is one Oregon record which is possibly mislabeled or misidentified. (8)
Adults are most often reported from March to August. (6), (3)
Larval host is unknown. (3)
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of
Print References
Hampson, G.F., 1910. Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum. 10: 751.
Smith, J.B., 1900. Revision of the species of Acontia Ochs. Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 27(1): 73. (1)