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Subfamily Acronictinae

Illinois data point - Cerma cerintha Smeared Dagger - Acronicta oblinita Acronicta retardata? - Acronicta retardata pretty - Acronicta Delightful Dagger Moth - Acronicta vinnula Noctuidae: Acronicta sperata - Acronicta sperata Moth - Acronicta American Dagger Moth - Acronicta americana
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Acronictinae
Explanation of Names
Acronictinae from the type genus Acronicta, Greek meaning "the beginning of the night." (1)
Author: Harris, 1841
Remarks
The classification used here follows the Moths of Canada CBIF site (linked to in the Internet References section below) which loosely follows Kitching and Rawlins, 1999, cited here.
The higher classification of the superfamily Noctuoidea is currently (2005) undergoing study and will no doubt change further in the near future.
Internet References
classification of Noctuoidea into families, subfamilies, and tribes (Noctuoidea of Eastern Canada; CBIF)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.