Species Details

Acronicta hasta

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Common NameForked Dagger-Moth; Speared Dagger-Moth; Dart Dagger-Moth IdentificationA medium-size (3.5-4.5 cm. ws) dark grey dagger moth with light HW. The FW is a crisp powdery grey mottled with darker grey. AM and PM lines complete, the latter lunulate on the veins and lined with white A single lunule across fold, crossed by the anal dash. Basal dash heavy, widened in the middle and ending in three “spurs”, the anal dash strong, apical dash less so. The orbicular round, black, open above as is the reniform, and the two joined by a black dash from the middle of the orb. to lower reniform. HW dirty white and light fuscous, white in males. Antennae simple. Sexes similar but female HW with more dark scaling.

Scientific Name Acronicta hasta Common Name Forked Dagger-Moth; Speared Dagger-Moth; Dart Dagger-Moth Identification
A medium-size (3.5-4.5 cm. ws) dark grey dagger moth with light HW. The FW is a crisp powdery grey mottled with darker grey. AM and PM lines complete, the latter lunulate on the veins and lined with white A single…
A medium-size (3.5-4.5 cm. ws) dark grey dagger moth with light HW. The FW is a crisp powdery grey mottled with darker grey. AM and PM lines complete, the latter lunulate on the veins and lined with white A single lunule across fold, crossed by the anal dash. Basal dash heavy, widened in the middle and ending in three “spurs”, the anal dash strong, apical dash less so. The orbicular round, black, open above as is the reniform, and the two joined by a black dash from the middle of the orb. to lower reniform. HW dirty white and light fuscous, white in males. Antennae simple. Sexes similar but female HW with more dark scaling.
Conservation Widespread; uncommon. Diet Info Various Prunus sp., including Pin cherry and Choke-cherry; Prentice also lists Red oak.. Range Mainly a species of the eastern deciduous woodlands, ranging west across southern SK and AB into central southern BC, south to TN, WI, and KS. Subspecies manitoba is the form occurring from MB west.

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"Acronicta hasta, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6320. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Acronictinae Genus Acronicta Species Acronicta hasta
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum