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931356.009159Tarache areli – (Strecker, 1898)

Ethan Kistler
Distribution: Colorado to Nevada, southward to border regions of Texas to California. Also British Columbia. Open pinyon-juniper-oak areas and ponderosa pine forest in canyons or forested plateaus. Elevations ~ 4,800-7,500 ft.
and Size:
July - August. Wingspan ~ 20-25 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Field Marks:
  • Forewing buff toward body.
  • White spot in brown near wingtip.
  • Circular reniform with black pupil.
  • Inner margin of brown area irregular. Irregular dark patch associated with this margin with some bluish scales.
  • 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 - areloides9159 - areli9159.1 - toddi9159.2 - geminocula9159.3 - albifusa
    Taxonomic Notes: Formerly placed in the genus Acontia.
    Data compiled and contributed by Steve Scott from references cited.

    Tarache areli
    Robert Pearson
    Tarache areli
    Marcin Roguski
    Tarache areli
    William Geoghegan
    Tarache areli
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Tarache areli
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Tarache areli
    24mm – Jim Vargo

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