Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Interested in a 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico?

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Previous events


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Acronicta ovata - Ovate Dagger - Hodges#9243

Caterpillar - Acronicta ovata Ovate Dagger moth - Acronicta ovata dagger moth caterpillar - Acronicta ovata Epauleted Oak Dagger - Acronicta ovata Epauleted Oak Dagger, 13 days after collection - Acronicta ovata Epauleted Oak Dagger,  days after collection - Acronicta ovata Acronicta ovata? - Acronicta ovata Ovate Dagger - Acronicta ovata
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 ovata (Ovate Dagger - Hodges#9243)
Hodges Number
9243
Size
wingspan 28-35 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing mottled gray and yellowish-brown; black basal dash and AM line merge to form a Y or T toward base; sharp anal dash present
hindwing grayish-brown
Range
Nova Scotia to North Carolina, west to Texas, north to Manitoba
Season
adults fly from June to September
Food
larvae feed on leaves of beech, birch, chestnut, oak
Life Cycle
two or more generations per year
Internet References
pinned adult image (The Titian Peale Butterfly and Moth Collection, Pennsylvania)
common name reference plus larval food plants and flight season (Ohio State U.)
Moth Photographers Group - Images of live adults
Moths of Maryland - Image of pinned adult
All-Leps - Images of pinned adults & range map