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Dagger Moth - Acronicta

Dagger Moth - Acronicta
Range, Conecuh County, Alabama, USA
March 29, 2007
I'm having some trouble with this dagger -- I see too many possibilities. Would one of you be so kind as to put a positive ID to it, and then tell me the defining characteristic that let you make the ID. Thanks

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you're right, too many possib
you're right, too many possibilities. let's give it a shot. Was this barely an inch long? If so one can narrow the genus down by noticing there aren't too many with only 2 distinct black streaks. In the outer wing you will see 2 parallel dark zigzag lines, or one "white" line. This meets at the front of the black streak. Plus I see a "tint" of green. There is a white circle in the middle of the wing, though usually much more prominent. I lean towards vinnula, or leatifica. They are both in the south, but it's a total guess. Like I said, just trying to narrow it down a bit.

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