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Genus Acronicta - Dagger Moths

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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 more than 73 named species of the genus Acronicta in America north of Mexico. (3)
Several to be described.
Represented throughout North America. Also occurs in Eurasia.
This is a large and very difficult genus. With a few exceptions (e.g. vinnula, betulae, fallax), species-level identification should be left to experts.
Print References
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.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .