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931355 – 9158   Tarache areloides Barnes & McDunnough, 1912
Distribution Data for Tarache areloides
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Distribution: Arizona and New Mexico in forested mountain canyons. Elevations ~ 5,600-8,300 ft.
and Size:
July - September. Wingspan ~ 24-28 mm.
Field Marks:
    • Forewing dark buff toward body, brown toward tip.
    • Large trapezoidal white spot on costal margin.
    • Medial margin of brown area even and vertical.
    • Orbicular and reniform almost obsolete.
    • Hindwing dark, grayish brown at margin.
Similar Species:
  • The Acontia areli group consists of six species, five of which are found in our check list area. They are similar in appearance, but differ in genitalia. See individual species pages for tips on identification. Photographs below by Cliff Davis and Jocelyn Gill.

    9158 - A. areloides 9159 - A. areli 9159.1 - A. toddi 9159.2 - A. geminocula 9159.3 - A. albifusa

  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Tarache areloides Barnes & McDunnough, 1912
Taxonomic Notes: Tarache areloides: Formerly placed in the genus Acontia.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Ferris, C. & D. Lafontaine, 2009. Review of the Acontia areli group with descriptions of three new species (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Acontiinae). ZooKeys, 9: 27-46.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • 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).
Tarache areloides
CNC - Jocelyn Gill
Tarache areloides
CNC - Jocelyn Gill
Tarache areloides
27mm – Jim Vargo

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