Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Narrow-winged Midget Moth
Tarache augustipennis (Grote, 1875)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Acontiinae
Identification: forewing dark gray to blackish with white strip along costa broken into four patches by 3 intervening dark bars; the first white costal patch is the largest, extending almost half-way along costa from base; the remaining 3 costal patches are much smaller, and progressively decrease in size toward apex; the first and second costal patches may sometimes merge to form a single whole or partially-divided patch; reniform and orbicular spots merged with or surrounded by black (not surrounded narrowly by white); additional pale diffuse patch in anal angle area; hindwing dark brownish gray with pale fringe
Wing Span: 2.3-3.0 cm
Life History:
Flight: adults fly from May to August in the north
Caterpillar Hosts:
Adult Food:
Habitat: fens, bogs, foothill valleys, riparian woodlands in arid grasslands
Range: western North America: Manitoba to southwestern British Columbia, south to Arizona, east to Texas
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.