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Genus Acronicta - Dagger Moths

Caterpillar - Acronicta impleta Acronicta superans large colorful CAT - Acronicta retardata caterpillar - Acronicta Ochre Dagger Moth - Acronicta morula Yellow-haired Dagger Moth caterpillar (?) - Acronicta impleta caterpillar - Acronicta tota Afflicted Dagger Moth - Acronicta afflicta
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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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acronicta Ochsenheimer, 1816
Acronycta Treitschke, 1825 (unjustified emendation)
Simyra Ochsenheimer, 1816 (1)
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Acronicta is Greek meaning "the beginning of the night." (2)
There are 86 recognized species of the genus Acronicta in America north of Mexico.(3)
Represented throughout North America. Also occurs in Eurasia.
A large genus generally difficult to identify to species
Print References
Schmidt, B.C. & G.G. Anweiler, 2020. Noctuidae (Part) Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 25.4: 1-479.(3)
Ochsenheimer, F. 1816. Die schmetterlinge von Europa: 81 (Simyra)
Internet References
pinned adult thumbnail images of 40 species occurring in eastern Canada (CBIF)
pinned adult thumbnail images of 36 species occurring in western Canada (CBIF)
Works Cited
1.Phylogenetic relationships of Acronictinae with discussion of the abdominal courtship brush in Noctuidae (Lepidoptera)
Jadranka Rota, Brigette V. Zacharczenko, Niklas Wahlberg, Reza Zahiri, B.C. Schmidt, and David L. Wagner. 2015. Systematic Entomology.
2.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
3.Noctuoidea Noctuidae (Part) Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae
Schmidt, B.C. & G.G. Anweiler. 2020. The Moths of North America.