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Species Acronicta brumosa - Charred Dagger - Hodges#9255

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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 brumosa (Charred Dagger - Hodges#9255)
Hodges Number
9255
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acronicta brumosa Guenée, 1852
* phylogenetic sequence #931472
Explanation of Names
BRUMOSA: from the Latin "bruma" (winter)
"brume" [n.] - fog or mist; "brumous" [a.] - characterized by fog or mist
perhaps a reference to the patchy and indistinct markings on the forewing, reminiscent of fog or mist
Size
Wingspan about 38 mm.
Identification
Adult: forewing a patchy mixture of black, gray, and white, with no sharply-defined markings; basal, anal, orbicular-reniform, and subterminal dashes present but diffuse and indistinct, showing little contrast against dark ground color of wing; postmedial line double, whitish, faint; orbicular spot oval, whitish, with dark dot in center; overall appearance seems mottled and diffuse, as though obscured by patches of fog. Thorax mottled dark gray; basal segments of abdomen brownish-orange.

Range
FL north to NJ and east to OK and central TX. (1)
Habitat
Dry oak woodlands and barrens.
Food
Larvae feed on leaves of oak.
Remarks
Previously included as a subspecies Acronicta liturata Smith, 1897
See Also
Adult similar to several other Acronicta species (see images of 5 species at CBIF)
Caterpillar is very similar to Acronicta afflicta.
Print References
Caterpillars of Eastern North America By David L. Wagner (2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Noctuoidea Noctuidae (Part) Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae
Schmidt, B.C. & G.G. Anweiler. 2020. The Moths of North America.
2.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.