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931357 – 9159.3   Tarache albifusa (Ferris & Lafontaine, 2009)
Distribution Data for Tarache albifusa
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Distribution: Southeastern Arizona. Oak and saguaro habitats in riparian canyons. Elevations ~ 3,500-4,800 ft.
and Size:
June - September. Wingspan ~ 19-23 mm.
Field Marks:
  • Prominent dark patch distal to reniform spot.
  • Remainder of dark area of forewing mottled.
  • Forewing basal area creamy yellow.
  • 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: Acontia albifusa Ferris & Lafontaine, 2009
    Taxonomic Notes: Tarache albifusa: 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).
    Tarache albifusa
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Tarache albifusa
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Tarache albifusa
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill

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