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931313 – 9089   Ponometia binocula (Grote, 1875)
             Prairie Bird-dropping Moth

Marcin Roguski
Distribution: Type locality: "Texas, Mr. Belfrage, No. 112. Bastrop Co., Mr. Meske
Field Marks:
Original description states "Fore wings yellow white..." while Poole states "The basal half of the forewing is pure white."
Similar Species:
  • Ponometia virginalis (Grote, 1881)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Tarache binocula Grote, 1875
Taxonomic Notes: Ponometia binocula: Formerly placed in the genus Tarachidia, ZooKeys, 39: 1-160.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Grote, A.R., 1875. Lepidopterological observations. The Canadian Entomologist, 7(12): 224.
  • Lafontaine, J.D. & R.W. Poole, 2010. Review of the New World genera of the subfamily Acontiinae (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). ZooKeys, 39: 1-160.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
  • Species Page at The Noctuidae of North America by Robert W. Poole ( - archived page access (go to a year prior to 2020 and select a blue circled date from the calendar).
  • Species page at Moths of North Dakota.
Ponometia binocula
Mark Dreiling - DNA
Ponometia binocula
Gary Anweiler
Ponometia binocula
20mm – Jim Vargo

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