Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Acronictinae

Acronicta sperata Grote 1873

Common name: listed here as  Hopeful dagger moth.

Hodges #: 9258.

Identification: Rfw 16.7 mm, fws powdery gray without dagger marks, median area contrastingly paler, hws nearly white in male, tibiae without setae, eyes lacking hair or lashes.

Similar species: 9193, 9199, 9250, 9251.

Distribution: southern Canada and temperate United States, southward in the Rockies.

Hosts: Larvae feed on Populus poplars and Alnus alders.


moth image

ND, Barnes/Ransom Co. line, Little Yellowstone St. Pk.  20- VI- 2001. Hg/ UV light, coll. P. Tinerella.


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Last updated: 03/27/02

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
202 Hultz Hall
Fargo, ND 58105

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