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Species Acronicta clarescens - Clear Dagger Moth - Hodges#9246

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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 clarescens (Clear Dagger Moth - Hodges#9246)
Hodges Number
9246
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acronicta clarescens (Guenée, 1852)
Acronycta clarescens Guenée, 1852 (1)
Acronicta pruni Harris, 1869 (2)
Size
Wingspan ≈ 40mm (2)
Identification
The adult of Acronicta spinigera looks very similar. One way to tell the difference is that A. clarescens has a tuft of tan brown on the midthorax. (from Chris Schmidt)
Season
Adults are on wing from May to August, depending on the location. (2)
Food
Larvae feed on apple, cherry, mountain ash, plum and wild black cherry. (2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (3)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (4)
Wikipedia - brief description (2)