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Acontia lucida

Acontia lucida , Germasogeia, Cyprus, Photo:  Augusta Stylianou Artist

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Subclassis: Pterygota
Divisio: Neoptera
Subdivisio: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Divisio: Ditrysia
Sectio: Cossina
Subsection: Bombycina
Superfamilia: Noctuoidea
Familia: Noctuidae
Subfamilia: Acontiinae
Tribus: Acontiini
Genus: Acontia
Subgenus: Acontia (Acontia)
Species: Acontia (Acontia) lucida


Acontia (Acontia) lucida (Hufnagel, 1766)

Type locality; Germany.

Holotype: type material of the species described by Hufnagel (1766) is not available.


* Phalaena lucida Hufnagel, 1766
* Noctua solaris Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775, Ank. eines syst. Werkes Schmett. Wienergegend: 90. TL: Umg. Wien.
* Noctua albicollis Fabricius, 1781, Spec. Ins. 2: 218. TL: Italy.
* Phalaena Noctua rupicola Borkhausen, 1792, Naturgesch. Eur. Schmett. 4: 82. TL: Umg. Wien.
* Noctua insolatrix Hübner, 1822, Samml. Eur. Schmett. Noct. II, pl. 148, figs. 684, 685. TL: Europe.
* Acontia lucida var. lugens Alphéraky, 1889, in Romanoff, Mém. Lép. 5: 182. TL: Pamir.
* Tarache lucida var. heliodora Schawerda, 1923, Verh. Zool.-Botan. Ges. Wien 73: (160), pl. fig. 8. TL: Mesopotamien, Monsul.
* Acontia triradiata Walker, [1858] 1857, List. Spec. Lep. Ins. Colln Br. Mus. 2: 794. TL: India, Punjab, Wuzeerabad. HT: BMNH. female. leg. Hearsay.


* Hufnagel, 1766, Berlinisches Mag. 3 (3): 302.
* 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.


The Pale Shoulder (Acontia lucida) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found in most of Europe, east to Turkey, Iran and India. It has also been recorded from Algeria. It is a rare migrant to the south coast of Great Britain.

The wingspan is 26-30 mm. Adults are on wing in May and August in two generations.

The larvae feed on Althaea officinalis, Convolvulus, Chenopodium and Taraxacum.

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