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931359 – 9159.2   Tarache geminocula (Ferris & Lafontaine, 2009)

Charles Melton
Distribution: Arizona and Texas. Riparian canyons. Elevations ~ 4,100-7,400 ft.
and Size:
July - September. Wingspan ~ 20-24 mm.
Field Marks:
  • Distal brown area of forewing mottled with paler areas.
  • Reniform with basal dark patch.
  • Second "reniform" spot with dark apical patch.
  • Forewing basal area nearly white (male). Very pale yellowish (female).
  • 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 geminocula Ferris & Lafontaine, 2009
    Taxonomic Notes: Tarache geminocula: 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 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 BugGuide.Net
    Tarache geminocula
    Charles Melton
    Tarache geminocula
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Tarache geminocula
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Tarache geminocula
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Tarache geminocula
    20mm – Jim Vargo

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