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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Cladus: Macroheterocera
Superfamilia: Noctuoidea

Familia: Noctuidae
Subfamilia: Acontiinae
Tribus: Acontiini
Genus: Acontia
Subgenera: AcontaracheAcontiaEmmeliaEusceptisMetapioplastaOlivacontiaUracontia

species not assigned to a subgenus

A. decisa – A. delphinensis – A. lagunae – A. vialis

Hypercalymnia Hampson, 1910 (synonymized by Hacker 2010: 361


Chen, F.Q., Yang, C. & Xue, D.Y. 2012: A taxonomic study of the genus Acontia Ochsenheimer (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Acontiinae) from China. Entomotaxonomia 34(2): 275–283. Reference page.
Ferris, C.D.; Lafontaine, J.D. 2009: Review of the Acontia areli group with descriptions of three new species (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Acontiinae). In: Schmidt, B.C.; Lafontaine, J.D. (eds) Contributions to the systematics of New World macro-moths. ZooKeys, 9: 27–46. Abstract PDF
Hacker, H.H., in Mey 2007, Esperiana Buchreihe zur Entomologie Esperiana Memoir 4: 219–235.
Hacker, H.H., 2010: Revision of the genus Acontia Ochsenheimer, 1816 and the tribus Acontiini Guenée, 1841 (Old World) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Acontiinae) Esperiana Buchreihe zur Entomologie Band 14: 7–533. Corrigenda and Supplementa (Plates 57, 64). Esperiana Buchreihe zur Entomologie Band 15: 359–373.
Hacker, H.H. 2011. Two new Acontia Ochsenheimer, 1816 species from Madagacar with an overview of the genus on Madagascar (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Acontiinae). Esperiana Buchreihe zur Entomologie 16: 89–93. Reference page.
Hacker, H., 2013: Additions to several revisions of Noctuid genera revised from 2001 to 2011, with descriptions of nine new species and three new subspecies from Africa, Arabian Peninsula and Iran, with faunistic Notes (Noctuoidea). Esperiana, Buchreihe zur Entomologie, 18: 199–220. Abstract: [1].
Hacker, H.H., A. Legrain & M. Fibiger, 2008, Revision of the genus Acontia Ochsenheimer, 1816 and the tribus Acontiini Guenée, 1841 (Old World) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Acontiinae) Esperiana Buchreihe zur Entomologie Band 14: 7–533.
Mey, W., 2011: New and little known species of Lepidoptera of southwestern Africa. Esperiana Buchreihe zur Entomologie Memoir 6: 146–261.
Mustelin, T., Leuschner, R., Mikkola, K. & Lafontaine, J.D. 2000. Two New Genera and Thirteen New Species of Owlet Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), Mainly from Southern California. Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History 36: 1–18. Full article (PDF) Reference page.
Viette, P.E.L. 1965. Descriptions préliminaires de nouveaux genres et espèces de Noctuidae Amphipyrinae malgaches (Lepidoptera). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France 70: 85–91. Reference page.

Acontia is a genus of moths of the family Noctuidae. The genus was named by Ferdinand Ochsenheimer in 1816. Eusceptis, Pseudalypia and Spragueia are sometimes included in the present genus, but here they are tentatively treated as different pending further research. Many species of Tarache were also once placed here (see below).


Palpi long, porrect (extending forward) and met by a short sharp frontal tuft. Third joint prominent. Antennae simple. Thorax and abdomen smoothly scaled and tuftless. Forewings with non-creulate cilia. Veins 7, 8 and 9, 10 stalked. Larva possess four abdominal prolegs.[2]

Acontia albida (Hampson, 1910)
Acontia albinigra Warren, 1913
Acontia antecedens Walker, 1869
Acontia antica Walker, 1862
Acontia apatelia Swinhoe, 1907
Acontia ardoris Hübner, [1827-1831]
Acontia areletta Dyar, 1907
Acontia asbenensis Rothschild, 1921
Acontia basifera Walker, [1858]
Acontia behrii Smith, 1900
Acontia bicolora Leech, 1889
Acontia bilimeki Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874
Acontia biskrensis Oberthür, 1887
Acontia brabanti Le Cerf, 1911
Acontia briola Holland, 1894
Acontia buchanani Rothschild, 1921
Acontia caffraria Cramer, [1777]
Acontia carnescens Hampson, 1910
Acontia catenula Walker, 1865
Acontia chea Druce, 1898 (syn: Acontia eudryada Smith, 1905)
Acontia chia Holland, 1894
Acontia chrysoproctis Hampson, 1902
Acontia citripennis Hampson, 1910
Acontia clerana Lower, 1902
Acontia coquillettii Smith, 1900
Acontia costistigma Walker, [1858]
Acontia costosa Mabille, 1899
Acontia crassivalva Wiltshire, 1947
Acontia cratina Druce, 1889
Acontia cretata Grote & Robinson, 1870 – chalky bird-dropping moth
Acontia crocata Guenée, 1852
Acontia cuprina Walker, [1863]
Acontia cyanipha Lower, 1897
Acontia cyanocraspi Hampson, 1910
Acontia damia Druce, 1889
Acontia decisa Walker, [1858]
Acontia delphinensis Viette, 1968
Acontia destricta Draudt, 1936
Acontia detrita Butler, 1886
Acontia dichroa Hampson, 1914
Acontia discoidea Hopffer, 1858
Acontia disrupta Warren, 1913
Acontia elaeoa Hampson, 1910
Acontia euschema Turner, 1920
Acontia feae (Berio, 1937)
Acontia fiebrigi Zerny, 1916
Acontia flavonigra Swinhoe, 1884
Acontia gagites Warren, 1913
Acontia gloriosa (Kenrick, 1917)
Acontia gradata Walker, [1858]
Acontia gratiosa Wallengren, 1856
Acontia guttifera Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874
Acontia hemiglauca Hampson, 1910
Acontia hemipentha Wiltshire, 1947
Acontia hemixanthia Hampson, 1910
Acontia hortensis Swinhoe, 1884
Acontia imitatrix Wallengren, 1856
Acontia interposita Dyar, 1912
Acontia isolata Todd, 1960
Acontia jaliscana Schaus, 1898
Acontia leucotrigona Hampson, 1905
Acontia lucida Hufnagel, 1766
Acontia luteola Saalmüller, 1891
Acontia malagasy Viette, 1965
Acontia malgassica Mabille, 1881
Acontia margaritana Drury, 1782
Acontia marmoralis Fabricius, 1794
Acontia mekki Rungs, 1953
Acontia mesoleucoides Poole, 1989
Acontia micrasti Lower, 1903
Acontia micropis Druce, 1909
Acontia microptera Mabille, 1879
Acontia miegii Mabille, 1882
Acontia miogona Hampson, 1916
Acontia mizteca Schaus, 1898
Acontia morides Schaus, 1894
Acontia nephata Bethune-Baker, 1911
Acontia neurota Lower, 1903
Acontia niphogona Hampson, 1909
Acontia nitidula Fabricius, 1787
Acontia nivipicta Butler, 1886
Acontia notabilis Walker, 1857
Acontia nubifera (Hampson, 1910)
Acontia nubilata Hampson, 1902
Acontia ochrochroa Druce, 1909
Acontia olivacea Hampson, 1891
Acontia opalinoides Guenée, 1852
Acontia parana E. D. Jones, 1921
Acontia partita Walker, 1870
Acontia pauliani Viette, 1965
Acontia phaenna Druce, 1889
Acontia phrygionis Hampson, 1910
Acontia polychroma Walker, 1869
Acontia porphyrea Butler, 1898
Acontia psaliphora Hampson, 1910
Acontia quadrata Walker, 1866
Acontia rachiastis Hampson, 1908
Acontia rufescens Hampson, 1910
Acontia ruffinellii Biezanko, 1959
Acontia ruficinta Hampson, 1910
Acontia rufitincta Hampson, 1910
Acontia secta Guenée, 1852
Acontia seminigra Rebel, 1947
Acontia sexpunctata Fabricius, 1794
Acontia spangbergi Aurivillius, 1879
Acontia sphaerophora Hampson, 1914
Acontia stumpffi Saalmüller, 1891
Acontia subarabica Wiltshire, 1982
Acontia sublimbata Berio, 1984
Acontia tetragonisa Hampson, 1910
Acontia thapsina Turner, 1902
Acontia tinctilis Wallengren, 1875
Acontia titania Esper, 1798
Acontia transfigurata Wallengren, 1856
Acontia trimacula Saalmüller, 1891
Acontia umbrigera Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874
Acontia urania Frivaldszky, 1836
Acontia vaualbum Hampson, 1914
Acontia venita Schaus, 1904
Acontia viridifera (Hampson, 1910)
Acontia vittamargo Dyar, 1912
Acontia wahlbergi Wallengren, 1856
Acontia wallengreni Aurivillius, 1879
Acontia yemenensis Hampson, 1918
Acontia zelleri Wallengren, 1856

Former species transferred to Tarache

The following species were recently transferred to the genus Tarache:

Acontia abdominalis Grote, 1877
Acontia acerba (H. Edwards, 1881) (syn: Acontia acerboides Poole, 1989)
Acontia albifusa Ferris & Lafontaine, 2009
Acontia apela Druce, 1889
Acontia aprica Hübner, [1808]
Acontia areli Strecker, 1898
Acontia areloides Barnes & McDunnough, 1912
Acontia arida Smith, 1900
Acontia assimilis Grote, 1875
Acontia expolita Grote, 1882
Acontia bella Barnes & Benjamin, 1922
Acontia bilimeki (Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874) (syn: Acontia disconnecta Smith, 1903)
Acontia cora Barnes & McDunnough, 1918
Acontia dacia Druce, 1889
Acontia delecta Walker, [1858]
Acontia flavipennis Grote, 1873
Acontia geminocula Ferris & Lafontaine, 2009
Acontia knowltoni McDunnough, 1940
Acontia lactipennis Harvey, 1875
Acontia lagunae (Mustelin & Leuschner, 2000)
Acontia lanceolata Grote, 1879
Acontia lucasi Smith, 1900
Acontia major Smith, 1900
Acontia quadriplaga Smith, 1900
Acontia sedata H. Edwards, 1881
Acontia sutor Hampson, 1910
Acontia tenuicula Morrison, 1875
Acontia terminimaculata Grote, 1873
Acontia tetragona Walker, [1858]
Acontia toddi Ferris & Lafontaine, 2009

Former species

Acontia discalis Walker, 1865


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Hampson, G. F. (1894). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma: Moths Volume II. Taylor and Francis – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Savela, Markku. "Acontia Ochsenheimer, 1816". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
Pitkin, Brian & Jenkins, Paul (November 5, 2004). "Acontia Ochsenheimer, 1816". Butterflies and Moths of the World. Natural History Museum, London. Retrieved October 2, 2020.

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