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Species Acronicta americana - American Dagger Moth - Hodges#9200

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Acronictinae
Genus Acronicta (Dagger Moths)
Species americana (American Dagger Moth - Hodges#9200)
Hodges Number
9200
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acronicta americana Harris, 1841
Apatela Americana
Numbers
Common throughout the East (1)
Size
Wingspan 50-65 mm (1)
Caterpillar to 50 mm (2 in) (2)
Identification


Caterpillar is densely covered with white or pale yellow hairs (early and middle instars more yellow), with a pair of diverging thin black lashes on A1 and A3 (first and third abdominal segments), a single tuft of black hairs on A8. Head smooth and shiny black. (3)
Range
East of the Rockies (4)
Habitat
Woodlands and forests, especially mesic to swampy bottomlands
Season
Flies April to September (1)
Caterpillar seen June to October (5)
Food
Larvae feed on leaves of alder, ash, birch, elm, hickory, maple, oak, poplar, walnut, willow (1) and other deciduous trees (4).
Remarks
The largest dagger moth in the East, according to Covell. (1)
The caterpillar's hairs can cause skin irritation.
Internet References
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image (A.W. Thomas, Canadian Forest Service)
Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America - habitat, larva description
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
2.Peterson First Guide to Caterpillars of North America
Amy Bartlett Wright. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
4.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.
5.Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
David L. Wagner, Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, Michael L. McManus. 1998. U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.