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Species Acronicta ovata - Ovate Dagger - Hodges#9243

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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 ovata (Ovate Dagger - Hodges#9243)
Hodges Number
wingspan 28-35 mm
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
Nova Scotia to North Carolina, west to Texas, north to Manitoba
adults fly from June to September
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