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Species Acronicta morula - Ochre Dagger Moth - Hodges#9236

Unknown Dagger Moth - Acronicta morula Noctuidae: Acronicta morula - Acronicta morula ochre dagger moth - Acronicta morula Ochre Dagger (Acronicta morula)  - Acronicta morula Ochre Dagger (Acronicta morula)  - Acronicta morula Larva - Acronicta morula Lepidoptera--? - Acronicta morula  moth - Acronicta morula
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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 morula (Ochre Dagger Moth - Hodges#9236)
Hodges Number
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)
Wingspan 40-50 mm
Caterpillar up to 45 mm
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.
Caterpillars: May/June-October/November.
Moths: 2 or more broods from April-September.
Mostly elm, but will eat apple, basswood, and hawthorn.
Print References
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)
Internet References
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)
Works Cited
1.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 .
2.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
3.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
4.Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
David L. Wagner, Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, Michael L. McManus. 1998. U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.