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Noctuidae
931442.009225Acronicta vinnula – Delightful Dagger – (Grote, 1864)

DNA - OK - Mark Dreiling
Distribution: ME south to FL and west to MN, CO and central TX - Schmidt & Anweiler (2020)
A. v. paupercula: Central and south TX. Phenotypically grades into nominate A. v. vinnula in east-central TX. - Schmidt & Anweiler (2020)
A. v. floridensis: Coastal SC to central FL - Schmidt & Anweiler (2020)
Type locality (vinnula): New Jersey.
Type locality (paupercula): Texas.
Description/
Field Marks:
A. v. paupercula: "... powdery, brownish-gray forewing with little or no dark shading in the medial and subterminal areas...", lacks green tones. - Schmidt & Anweiler (2020)
A. v. floridensis: Pale forewing, reduced markings, lacks green tones. - Schmidt & Anweiler (2020)
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Taxonomic Notes: Acronicta vinnula (Grote, 1864) includes as a subspecies [9222] Acronicta paupercula (Grote, 1874) with [9223] Acronicta lepetita (Smith, 1908), n. syn., in Schmidt & Anweiler (2020), MONA Fascicle 25.4: 174.
References
  • Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. 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: 174; pl. A-12, figs. 1-13 (adult); pl. 21, fig. 6 (♂ gen.); pl. 39, fig. 2 (♀ gen.); pl. L-8, figs. 1, 2 (larva) (order).
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Acronicta vinnula
Lew Scharpf
Acronicta vinnula
ON - Nolie Schneider
Acronicta vinnula
Eastern TX - Mike Quinn
Acronicta vinnula
FL - Carol Wolf
Acronicta vinnula
AL - Greg Raterman
Acronicta vinnula
TN - Ken Childs
Acronicta vinnula
FL - Carol Wolf
Acronicta vinnula
DNA - OK - Mark Dreiling
Acronicta vinnula
Central TX - Maury Heiman
Acronicta vinnula
Central TX - Maury Heiman
Acronicta vinnula
LG – Jim Troubridge
Acronicta vinnula
29mm – Jim Vargo
Acronicta vinnula
- A. v. paupercula – Texas Lepidoptera Survey
Acronicta vinnula
- A. v. paupercula – Texas Lepidoptera Survey
Acronicta vinnula
Mike Quinn LG
Central TX
Acronicta vinnula
Mike Quinn LG
Central TX
Acronicta vinnula
George Smiley LG
Found feeding on an Elm (Ulmus), Eastern TX
Acronicta vinnula
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG
A. v. paupercula
Acronicta vinnula
John G. Franclemont CUIC LG
A. v. paupercula

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