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931356 – 9159   Tarache 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

    • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
    Synonymy: Acontia areli Strecker, 1898
    [unknown] monstrosa Strand, 1916
    Taxonomic Notes: Tarache areli: 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.
    • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 50.27m; p. 281. Book Review and ordering
    • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
    • 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).
    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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