Noctuidae - Acontiinae


Male (Holotype)




Acontia jaliscana (Schaus)

Tarache jaliscana Schaus, 1898, Jl. N.Y. Ent. Soc., 6:118.

Diagnosis: Acontia jaliscana is the largest New World species of the genus. It is easily identified by its relatively large size and the rounded appearance of the forewings. The basal two-thirds of the forewing is a slightly yellowish white, although there is a grayish smudge along most of the costa. The reniform is a narrow, s-shaped mark outlined in white and filled with yellow-olive. The outer third of the wing is a combination of yellow-olive and rusty brown, including a narrow rusty-brown line enclosed in a larger yellow-olive patch. The outer veins break up the terminal regions into a series of rusty-brown patches. The hindwing of the male is a dull white with an outer brown border. The female hindwing is all dark brown. Wing expanse from base to apex in one selected individual -----.

Distribution: This species is not represented by any U.S. specimens in the USNM. Its distribution is primarily Mexican. However, the species has been reported from western Texas.

Identification Quality: Excellent

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Unknown

Distribution map based on specimens in the USNM


Acontia jaliscana

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