Species Details

Acronicta superans

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Common NameSplendid Dagger Moth SeasonalityAdults have been collected in Alberta from late May through July. IdentificationA medium-large moth (4-4.5 cm wingspan). The forewings are broad, pale grey and black with the grey areas most extensive around the orbicular and reniform spots. There is characteristic tuft of pale yellow or orange scales on the lower edge of the forewing base. The hind wings are gray brown, with an indistinct discal dot and a somewhat darker post median band. The antennae are simple, and the sexes are alike. Not likely to be mistaken for any other Alberta moth.

Scientific Name Acronicta superans Common Name Splendid Dagger Moth Habitat Deciduous and mixedwood forest, shrub lands and urban plantations. Seasonality Adults have been collected in Alberta from late May through July. Identification
A medium-large moth (4-4.5 cm wingspan). The forewings are broad, pale grey and black with the grey areas most extensive around the orbicular and reniform spots. There is characteristic tuft of pale yellow or orange…
A medium-large moth (4-4.5 cm wingspan). The forewings are broad, pale grey and black with the grey areas most extensive around the orbicular and reniform spots. There is characteristic tuft of pale yellow or orange scales on the lower edge of the forewing base. The hind wings are gray brown, with an indistinct discal dot and a somewhat darker post median band. The antennae are simple, and the sexes are alike. Not likely to be mistaken for any other Alberta moth.
Life History
The Splendid dagger moth is a solitary defoliator. There appears to be a single annual brood, which over-winters in the pupal stage. The adults come to light. : The Splendid dagger moth is a solitary defoliator. There…
The Splendid dagger moth is a solitary defoliator. There appears to be a single annual brood, which over-winters in the pupal stage. The adults come to light. : The Splendid dagger moth is a solitary defoliator. There appears to be a single annual brood, which over-winters in the pupal stage. The adults come to light.
Conservation A widespread species; no concerns. Diet Info No Alberta data. Hosts reported from elsewhere in Canada include Mountain-ash (Sorbus), White Birch (Betula papyrifera), pin-cherry (Prunus pennsylvanica), and apple (Malus sp.) Range
Newfoundland west to the foothills of Alberta; south to eastern Kentucky. The Splendid dagger moth appears to have extended its range westward into Alberta very recently. Bowman collected in the Edmonton area for…
Newfoundland west to the foothills of Alberta; south to eastern Kentucky. The Splendid dagger moth appears to have extended its range westward into Alberta very recently. Bowman collected in the Edmonton area for almost 50 years and failed to record it. The first Alberta specimens were apparently taken at both Olds and Edmonton in 1995; since then it has been collected annually in Edmonton and found at a number of locations throughout central Alberta, north to Lac la Biche, and south west to the

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"Species Details - Acronicta superans, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-2436. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Specimen Information

There are 55 specimens of this Species.

55 results plotted on map in 24 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

BIRD7548 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Rochon Sands Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2001-07-03

BIRD7549 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Big Knife Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-06-03

BIRD7550 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Nevis Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-06-14

BIRD7551 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Buffalo Lake Conservation Area Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-06-23

BIRD7552 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Buffalo Lake Conservation Area Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2002-06-23

BIRD7553 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Rochon Sands Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2004-06-27

BIRD7554 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Erskine Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2004-06-29

UASM77951 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Buffalo Collected ByAnweiler, G. G. Date Collected2005-06-16

BIRD15156 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Erskine Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2005-05-30

BIRD15157 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2005-06-21

BIRD15158 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Rochon Sands Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2005-07-11

BIRD20849 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2007-07-04

BIRD22191 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Big Knife Provincial Park Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2008-07-25

BIRD31727 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Arrowwood Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2009-05-29

BIRD31728 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Stettler Collected ByBird, C. D. Date Collected2009-06-12

UASM162773 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Trochu Collected ByAnweiler, G. Date Collected2002-07-01

UASM162774 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Fredericton Collected ByWebster, R. P. Date Collected1995-06-02

UASM162775 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Fredericton Collected ByWebster, R. P. Date Collected1995-06-07

UASM162776 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Fredericton Collected ByWebster, R. P. Date Collected1995-06-07

UASM162777 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Fredericton Collected ByWebster, R. P. Date Collected1995-06-07

UASM162778 - Acronicta superans

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

Place CollectedCanada: New Brunswick, Saint-Basile Collected ByHensel, H. Date Collected1995-06-14

Adult Seasonal Distribution