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Species Acronicta modica - Medium Dagger Moth - Hodges#9244

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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 modica (Medium Dagger Moth - Hodges#9244)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acronicta modica Walker, 1856
Phylogenetic sequence # 931465 (1)
There are more than 73 named species of the genus Acronicta in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan is about 35 mm.
Ontario(2) and Quebec south to South Carolina(3); Arizona, Texas(4).
Oak woodlands. (5)
Larval foodplant is Quercus species (oak). (6)
Rings et al. (1992) listed red oak and other oaks.
Life Cycle
Two broods. (7)
See Also
Many Acronicta species are similar and can be compared on the page of pinned adults at Moth Photographers Group
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.Annotated list of Ontario Lepidoptera
J. C. E. Riotte. 1992. Royal Ontario Museum 1-208.
3.South Carolina Moth Species
4.Moths of Dallas County, Texas
5.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.
6.Insects of Eastern Forests
Arnold T. Drooz, (editors). 1985. USDA Forest Service Misc. Publication 1426.
7.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
8.North American Moth Photographers Group
9.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems