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931312 – 9088   Ponometia virginalis (Grote, 1881)

Charles W. Melton - DNA
Distribution: Type locality (virginalis): not given.
Type locality (tenuescens): Lake Worth, FL.
Field Marks:
Virginalis Grote was originally proposed as a variety of obatra Morrison which is separated "by the absence of the subterminal blackish shading on the primaries." Wing color is not mentioned. The original description of its synonym, tenuescens Smith, states "Fore wings yellow white..." while Poole states "The basal half of the forewing [of virginalis] is pure white." Specimens with both pure white and yellowish in the basal porting of the forewings are represented in BOLD:AAE1792, BIN group for virginalis at BOLD.
Similar Species:
  • Ponometia binocula (Grote, 1875)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Spragueia virginalis Grote, 1881
Acontia tenuescens Smith, 1902
Taxonomic Notes: Ponometia virginalis: Formerly placed in the genus Tarachidia, ZooKeys, 39: 1-160.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAE1792 - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification.
  • Grote, A.R., 1881. North American moths. The Canadian Entomologist, 13(1): 15.
  • Lafontaine, J.D. & R.W. Poole, 2010. Review of the New World genera of the subfamily Acontiinae (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). ZooKeys, 39: 1-160.
  • Smith, J.B., 1902. New Species of Noctuidae for 1902. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 10: 53.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • 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).
Ponometia virginalis
DNA - LG - Charles Melton
Ponometia virginalis
Jeff Smith
Ponometia virginalis
Jeff Smith
Ponometia virginalis
20mm – Jim Vargo
Ponometia virginalis
23mm - LG – Jim Vargo

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