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Species Acronicta fragilis - Fragile Dagger Moth - Hodges#9241

Noctuidae: Acronicta retarda? - Acronicta fragilis Keeley Lake Caterpillar - Acronicta fragilis Unknown Moth - Acronicta fragilis Acronicta fragilis  - Acronicta fragilis Possible Gray Dagger Moth? - Acronicta fragilis acronicta fragilis  moth - Acronicta fragilis Noctuidae: Acronicta fragilis - Acronicta fragilis Noctuidae: Acronicta fragilis - Acronicta fragilis
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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 fragilis (Fragile Dagger Moth - Hodges#9241)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acronicta fragilis (Guenée, 1852)
Wingspan 30mm approx
Double sharply zigzag lines as a part of grey white and black pattern on front wings are distinctive. "Orbicular spot grey to white with darker center. Hindwing yellowish white with faint grey median line and outer shading."(1)
Newfoundland to Florida, west across Canada, south to Kentucky and Minnesota(1)
Moth Photographers Group – distribution & flight-period chart
Larvae feed on apple, birch, plum, willow, white spruce(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
E. H. Strickland Museum – image of pinned adult
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.