Species Details

Conochares arizonae

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Common NameArizona Bird-dropping Moth IdentificationA small (1.8-2.1 cm wingspan) bright white and dark brown moth. The forewings are sharply divided into an immaculate white basal half and an outer half of mixed light and dark brown and tan. The reniform is a prominent round dark spot, ringed with paler scales. The upper third of the fringe is dark, the remainder white. The hindwings are uniform sooty brown with white fringes. The antennae are filiform, and the sexes are similar. Unlike any other Alberta moth in pattern and color except Tarachidia binocula, which has some yellow-orange on the forewing and even-colored fringes on the forewings.

Scientific Name Conochares arizonae Common Name Arizona Bird-dropping Moth Habitat Arid grasslands and badlands. Identification
A small (1.8-2.1 cm wingspan) bright white and dark brown moth. The forewings are sharply divided into an immaculate white basal half and an outer half of mixed light and dark brown and tan. The reniform is a…
A small (1.8-2.1 cm wingspan) bright white and dark brown moth. The forewings are sharply divided into an immaculate white basal half and an outer half of mixed light and dark brown and tan. The reniform is a prominent round dark spot, ringed with paler scales. The upper third of the fringe is dark, the remainder white. The hindwings are uniform sooty brown with white fringes. The antennae are filiform, and the sexes are similar. Unlike any other Alberta moth in pattern and color except Tarachidia binocula, which has some yellow-orange on the forewing and even-colored fringes on the forewings.
Life History
The adults are nocturnal and come to light, and there is a single annual brood. The larvae and larval hosts are apparently unknown. Unlike many moths in the subfamily Acontiinae, the black and white adults are…
The adults are nocturnal and come to light, and there is a single annual brood. The larvae and larval hosts are apparently unknown. Unlike many moths in the subfamily Acontiinae, the black and white adults are believed to be bird-dropping mimics.
Conservation A widespread species, rather uncommon and local at the northern edge of their range in Alberta. Diet Info No information available. Range
Southern Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, south to Arizona and California. In Alberta collected only in the dry valleys in the eastern part of the province, north in the Red Deer River valley to the…
Southern Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, south to Arizona and California. In Alberta collected only in the dry valleys in the eastern part of the province, north in the Red Deer River valley to the northern end of Dry Island Provincial Park.

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"Species Details - Conochares arizonae, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-3689. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Authorship

Name Anweiler, G. G.
Role species page author
Date 2003-11-13

Specimen Information

There are 84 specimens of this Species.

84 results plotted on map in 25 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

UASM13778 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-13

UASM13781 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-15

UASM13783 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-13

UASM13784 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-13

UASM13785 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-15

UASM13786 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-13

UASM13789 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-13

UASM13790 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-13

UASM13800 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-15

UASM13821 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Drumheller Collected ByBowman, K. Date Collected1946-06-13

UASM24511 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dinosaur Provincial Park Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C.; Lawrie, D. Date Collected2000-05-21

UASM41616 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dinosaur Provincial Park Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C.; Lawrie, D. Date Collected2000-05-21

UASM41618 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Lost River Collected ByPohl, G. Date Collected1996-06-14

UASM41619 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Pinhorn Grazing Reserve Collected ByPohl, G. Date Collected1996-06-14

UASM41617 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Sandy Point Recreation Area Collected ByAnweiler, G. G.; Schmidt, B. C. Date Collected2000-05-19

UASM57428 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Oldman River Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2005-05-18

BIRD7372 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-06-08

BIRD7373 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-06-08

BIRD7374 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-06-08

BIRD7375 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-06-08

BIRD7376 - Conochares arizonae

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-06-08

Adult Seasonal Distribution