Moths of North Carolina
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Acronicta tritona (Hübner, 1818) - Triton Dagger

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: AcronictinaeP3 Number: 931432.00 MONA Number: 9211.00
Comments: One of 74 species in this genus found in North America north of Mexico (Schmidt and Anweiler, 2020), 42 of which have been recorded in North Carolina. Tritona is a member of Species Group II of Forbes (1954), which includes 17 additional species in North Carolina.
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIFTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954); Schmidt and Anweiler (2020)                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Coastal Plain records come mainly from savannas, flatwoods, and sand ridges with only a few from blackwater swamps and pocosins. Piedmont and Mountain records come almost entirely from dry ridges.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Azaleas, Blueberries, and possibly other heaths (Wagner et al., 2011)
See also Habitat Account for General Wet-Dry Heath Thickets
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

 Photo Gallery for Acronicta tritona - Triton Dagger

Photos: 7

Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Bo Sullivan and Steve Hall on 2021-05-11
Scotland Co.
Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2020-07-23
Cumberland Co.
Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2020-07-23
Cumberland Co.
Recorded by: Robert Gilson on 2016-04-27
Mecklenburg Co.
Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2016-04-12
Hoke Co.
Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf, S. Hall on 2015-07-22
Stanly Co.
Recorded by: Ed Corey on 2008-09-30
Bladen Co.