Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Charred Dagger Moth
Acronicta brumosa Guenée, 1852

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Acronictinae
Identification: forewing a patchy mixture of black, gray, and white, with no sharply-defined markings; basal, anal, orbicular-reniform, and subterminal dashes present but diffuse and indistinct, showing little contrast against dark ground color of wing; postmedial line double, whitish, faint; orbicular spot oval, whitish, with dark dot in center; overall appearance seems mottled and diffuse, as though obscured by patches of fog thorax mottled dark gray; basal segments of abdomen brownish-orange
Wing Span: about 3.8 cm
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: oak
Adult Food:
Habitat: dry oak woodlands and barrens
Range: New York to Florida, west through southern states to California, north at least to Utah
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.