Butterflies and Moths of North America

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American Dagger Moth
Acronicta americana (Harris, 1841)


Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Acronictinae
Identification: The region's largest dagger moth, easily recognized by its large size and typical dagger moth pattern. Forewing usually has sharp pm. line; only black dash is in anal area. Hindwing gray with darker median line.
Wing Span: 5-6.5 cm.
Life History:
Flight: April-September; 2 or more broods.
Caterpillar Hosts: Many trees such as alders, ashes, birches, elms, hickories, maples, oaks, poplars, walnuts, and willows.
Adult Food:
Habitat:
Range: Throughout Eastern North America.
Conservation:
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Comments: NULL