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931419.88 – 9249.1   Acronicta cryptica Schmidt & Anweiler, 2020
             Cryptic Oak Dagger

David Kaposi
Distribution: Southern ON, Canada; MI, IL, KY, eastern TN, USA in sandy woodland habitat with Quercus velutina (Black Oak).
Type locality: Rowan Mills area, Norfolk Co., Ontario, Canada.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Quercus spp. but has been recorded only in areas with Quercus velutina (Black Oak).
Similar Species:
  • 9249 Acronicta increta is usually paler overall with more contrast between the dark antemedial and paler medial area; subterminal row of pale chevrons usually more distinct; hindwing usually paler. Melanistic specimens cannot be separated with confidence and require DNA.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Acronicta cryptica Schmidt & Anweiler, 2020
Taxonomic Notes: Acronicta cryptica Schmidt & Anweiler, 2020, n. sp., MONA Fascicle 25.4: 150.
Some past records of 9249 A. increta and [9250] A. inclara, n. syn. of A. increta, refer to this species.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:ACE9903 - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification.
  • Schmidt, B.C. & G.G. Anweiler, 2020. Noctuidae (Part) Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 25.4: 148; pl. A-9, figs. 1-22 (adult); pl. 19, fig. 4 (♂ gen.); pl. 37, fig. 6 (♀ gen.); pl. L-6, figs. 5-8 (larva) (order).
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Acronicta cryptica
- LG – Jim Troubridge
Acronicta cryptica
DNA - 34mm - Kalkaska Co., MI – Jim Vargo

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