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Species Acronicta connecta - Connected Dagger - Hodges#9219

Connected Dagger - Acronicta connecta
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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
Genus Acronicta (Dagger Moths)
Species connecta (Connected Dagger - Hodges#9219)
Hodges Number
9219
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acronicta connecta Grote, 1873
Phylogenetic sequence #931436
Explanation of Names
specific epithet and common name may refer to the forewing's basal and anal dashes which more-or-less connect in the lower median area
Numbers
local and uncommon
Size
wingspan 30-40 mm, based on several Internet photos
Identification
Adult: forewing yellowish-gray with broad blackish basal and anal dashes that are diffuse, blurred, and more-or-less connected in lower median area; dull orangish shading usually noticeable in upper median area (inside and distal to reniform spot); distal half of orbicular spot and basal half of reniform spot edged in black; hindwing variably dirty white to light gray with dark veins

Larva: body dark green with two thick yellow subdorsal stripes; each abdominal segment has four black dorsal dots arranged in distinctive pattern; head usually green with lobes reddened above, but may also be reddish-brown, gray, or black
Range
Great Lakes region to central New England, south to Florida, west to Texas and Utah
Habitat
wetlands and edges of streams and rivers
Season
adults fly from May to August
mature larvae present from May onward
Food
larvae feed on leaves of willow (Salix spp.)
Life Cycle
two generations per year
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
pinned adult image by John Glaser, plus flight dates and foodplant (Larry Line, Maryland)
larval description; Word doc plus habitat, distribution, seasonality, status, foodplant, remarks (David Wagner et al, Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America)
live larva image and description (Pedro Barbosa, U. of Maryland)
foodplant and flight season plus status in Ohio (Ohio State U.)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Utah; list (Joel Johnson, Utah Lepidopterists Society)
distribution in Canada Ontario only (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)