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931358 – 9159.1   Tarache toddi (Ferris & Lafontaine, 2009)

Jim Eckert
Distribution: South-central Montana to Oregon, southward to border areas of New Mexico to California. Dry forest clearings, desert canyons, riparian and reef areas. Elevations ~ 2,900-7,600 ft.
and Size:
April - August. Two generations in some locations. Wingspan ~ 20-26 mm.
Field Marks:
  • Dark area of forewing nearly uniformly brown. Few scales of a different color.
  • Reniform less prominent than in A. areli and geminocula No dark pupil.
  • Orbicular nearly obsolete.
  • Forewing basal area nearly white in both sexes.
  • 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.

    • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
    Synonymy: Acontia toddi Ferris & Lafontaine, 2009
    Taxonomic Notes: Tarache toddi: Formerly placed in the genus Acontia. New species description, Ferris & Lafontine 2009.
    • 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 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 toddi
    Hugh McGuinness
    Tarache toddi
    Hugh McGuinness
    Tarache toddi
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Tarache toddi
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Tarache toddi
    20mm – Jim Vargo

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