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931425 – 9205   Acronicta lepusculina (Guenée, 1852)
             Cottonwood Dagger

© Mark Dreiling - DNA
Distribution: Type locality: [Eastern North America].
Similar Species:
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Synonymy: Acronycta lepusculina Guenée, 1852
Acronycta canadensis Smith & Dyar, 1898
Acronycta chionochroa Hampson, 1909
Acronycta cinderella Smith, 1897
Acronycta cretata Smith, 1897
Apatela felina Grote, 1879
Acronycta frigida Smith, 1897
Acronycta pacifica Smith, 1897
Acronycta populi Riley, 1870
Acronycta similana Smith, 1905
Acronycta tonitra Smith, 1908
Acronycta transversata Smith, 1897
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 50.37m; p. 282. Book Review and ordering
  • Schmidt, B.C. & G.G. Anweiler, 2020. Noctuidae (Part) Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 25.4: 163; pl. A-11, figs. 7-11 (adult); pl. 21, fig. 1 (♂ gen.); pl. 38, fig. 6 (♀ gen.); pl. L-7, figs. 7, 8 (larva) (order).
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
  • Species page at Moths of North Dakota.
Acronicta lepusculina
© John Davis
Acronicta lepusculina
© Gordon Harrison
Acronicta lepusculina
© Carroll Rudy
Acronicta lepusculina
– © Gary Anweiler
Acronicta lepusculina
38mm – © Jim Vargo
Acronicta lepusculina
40mm - UT - DNA – © Jim Vargo
Acronicta lepusculina
© Canadian National Collection LG

Acronicta lepusculina
© John G. Franclemont CUIC LG

Acronicta lepusculina
© Jane & John Balaban LG

Acronicta lepusculina
© Janice Stiefel
3rd instar
Acronicta lepusculina
© Janice Stiefel
4th instar
Acronicta lepusculina
© Janice Stiefel
Acronicta lepusculina
© Canadian National Collection LG

Acronicta lepusculina
© Anthony W. Thomas

Acronicta lepusculina
© Roxanne Bertrand ( LG
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