Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Exposed Bird-dropping Moth
Tarache aprica (Hübner, [1808])

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Acontiinae
Identification: Body and wings white. Forewing of male has two blackish costal patches. The outer one merges with general blackish shading beyond pm. line, leaving white patch near apex. Forewing of female blackish except for two white costal patches and some white at base and outer margin. Black orbicular dot usually prominent in both sexes. More grayish brown shading at outer margin of hindwing in female than in male.
Wing Span: 1.5-2.9 cm.
Life History: Can be flushed from plants during the day.
Flight: May-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Hollyhocks.
Adult Food:
Range: Quebec and Ontario to Florida, west to Kansas and Texas.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL
Taxonomy Notes: formerly in the genus Acontia
Alternate Scientific Names:
Acontia aprica

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Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

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