Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acronicta morula Grote & Robinson, 1868
* phylogenetic sequence #931453
seventy-three species of Acronicta
are found in America north of Mexico(1)
Adult: orangish-yellow patch in center of thorax is diagnostic; forewing pale to dark gray with orangish-yellow strip bordering inner edge of basal dash, and the same coloration beyond PM line and covering obscure reniform spot; anal and subapical dashes present
hindwing grayish-brown with dark smudged discal spot
Caterpillar: setae short dorsally, longer with various lengths on the sides. Dark middorsal warts on A1, A4, and A8. Head black to either side of pale triangle, with red over each lobe.
Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia, south to Florida, west to Texas
Fields, woodlands, and forest edges.
Moths: 2 or more broods from April-September.
Mostly elm, but will eat apple, basswood, and hawthorn.
Lafontaine J. D., and B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 50.(1)
Moth Photographers Group
- range map, flight chart, photos of larvae, living and pinned adults.
live larva image
plus description, food plant, seasonality (David Wagner and Valerie Giles, Caterpillars of Eastern Forests; USGS)
live adult image
(Lynn Scott, Ontario)
presence in Florida; list
(Index to Species of Florida Lepidoptera)
presence in Texas; list
(Dale Clark, Moths of Dallas County, Texas)
presence in Saskatchewan; list
names of provinces where species occurs in western Canada (CBIF)