Acronicta

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Acronicta
Acronicta.psi.7153.jpg
Grey Dagger, Acronicta psi
Note the typical "dagger" marks
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Acronictinae
Genus: Acronicta
Ochsenheimer, 1816[1]
Type species
Phalaena leporina
Linnaeus, 1758
Diversity
About 150 species
Synonyms
  • Acronycta Treitschke, 1825
    (unjustified emendation)
  • Acronyctia Meigen, 1813 (lapsus)
  • Apatela Stephens, 1829 (lapsus)
  • Apatelae Ochsenheimer, 1816
    (unavailable)
  • Apatele Hübner, [1806] (suppressed)
  • Apatele Hübner, [1808] (suppressed)
  • Apatele Hübner, [1818] (unavailable)
  • Apatele Hübner, 1822
  • Aneuviminia Beck, 1966
  • Arctomyscis Hübner, 1820
  • Chamaepora Warren, 1909
  • Cometa Sodoffsky, 1837
  • Cuspidia Chapman, 1890
  • Euviminia Beck, 1966
  • Hyboma Hübner, 1827
  • Hylonycta Sugi, 1979
  • Jocheaera Hübner, 1827
  • Lepitoreuma Grote, 1873
  • Mastiphanes Grote, 1882
  • Megacronycta Grote, 1873
  • Microcoelia Guenée, 1852
  • Molybdonycta Sugi, 1979
  • Paraviminia Beck, 1966
  • Pharetra Hübner, [1827] 1816
    (non Bolten, 1798: preoccupied)
  • Philorgyia Grote, 1896
  • Plataplectra Butler, 1878
  • Pseudopunda Butler, 1890
  • Semaphora Guenée, 1814
  • Sematophora Agassiz, [1848]
    (unjustified emendation)
  • Subacronicta Kozhanchikov, 1950
  • Triaena Hübner, 1827
  • Tricholonche Grote, 1896
  • Viminia Chapman, 1890

Acronicta is a genus of noctuid moths containing about 150 species distributed mainly in the temperate Holarctic, with some in adjacent subtropical regions. Caterpillars of most Acronicta species are unmistakable, with brightly colored hairy spikes, and often feed quite visibly on common foliate trees. The larva of the Smeared Dagger Moth (A. oblinita) is unusually hairy even for this genus [1]. Acronicta species are generally known as dagger moths, as most have one or more black dagger-shaped markings on their forewing uppersides. But some species have a conspicuous dark ring marking instead.

Species[2][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ochsenheimer (1816). Schmett. Eur. 4: 62.
  2. ^ Acronicta at funet.fi
  3. ^ a b c d Linnaeus (1758). Syst. Nat. (Edn 10) 1: 510-516.
  4. ^ Linnaeus (1767). Syst. Nat. (Edn 12) 1(2): 845.
  5. ^ a b c d [Schiffermüller] (1775). Ankündung eines systematischen Werkes von den Schmetterlingen der Wienergegend pp. 67-88
  6. ^ Hufnagel (1766). Berlin. Magazin. 3(4): 416.
  7. ^ Hübner ([1813]). Samml. eur. Schmett. [4] : pl. 108 (1809-1813), fig. 504
  8. ^ a b Zootaxa 1910: 45.
  9. ^ Matsumura (1926). Ins. Matsumurana 1: 3, pl. 1, fig. 2.
  10. ^ Mann (1862). Wien. Ent. Mon. 6: 370, pl. 3, fig. 4.
  11. ^ Guenée (1852). in Boisduval & Guenée. Hist. nat. Ins., Spec. gén. Lépid. 5 (Noct. 1) p. 53.
  12. ^ Walker (1862). J. Proc. Linn. Soc. (Zool.) 6: 178.
  13. ^ Blanchard (1968). J. Lep. Soc. 22: 133-145.

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