, an old name for the genus Acronycta
+ the suffix -odes
(Greek -ωδης: a variation on -oides
-οιδης)- "looking like, resembling".
From the original description: "This genus in its larval stage, judging from Abbot's drawing, bears a striking resemblance to the larva of Apatela americana
, which has suggested the generic name" (Apatela americana
is an old name for Acronicta americana