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Species Tarache tetragona - Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth - Hodges#9143

Tarache tetragona Moth - Tarache tetragona
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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 tetragona (Four-spotted Bird Dropping Moth - Hodges#9143)
Hodges Number
9143
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tarache tetragona (Walker, [1858])
Acontia tetragona Walker, [1858]
Tarache gonoides McDunnough, 1943
* phylogenetic sequence #931354
Explanation of Names
tetra (G) = a pheasant + gona (G) = seed; angle or corner (1)
NOTE: Since tetra can also mean "four" in Greek, it's speculative whether Walker meant this moth to be "four-spotted (angle or corner) or "pheasant-like." (Robert Lord Zimlich)
Habitat
Fields, agricultural lands, waste lots, and other open habitats (Wagner et. al., 2009)
Food
Larval hosts: Malvastrum and perhaps other members of mallow family (Wagner et. al., 2009)
Life Cycle
Pupae overwinter in ovoid, sandy cocoons (Wagner et. al., 2009)
Print References
Lafontaine, J. D. & B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p.48
Wagner, D. L., D. F. Schweitzer, J. B. Sullivan, R. C. Reardon 2009. (Manuscript) Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). p.321 (2.5Mb PDF Download)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species account with photos of pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with photographs of pinned adults and DNA sequence
Nearctica.com - species page
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.