Moths of North Carolina
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Acronicta connecta Grote, 1873 - Connected Dagger


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: AcronictinaeP3 Number: 931436.00 MONA Number: 9219.00
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. Connecta is a member of Species Group II of Forbes (1954), which includes 17 additional species in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954); Schmidt and Anweiler (2020)                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
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: Our records almost all come from pond, lake, and stream shorelines
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Willows (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for Shoreline Shrublands
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G4 S3S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Acronicta connecta - Connected Dagger

Photos: 4

Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-06-06
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-05-28
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-09-02
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-08-03
Warren Co.
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