Moths of North Carolina
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Acronicta hasta Guenée, 1852 - Speared Dagger


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: AcronictinaeP3 Number: 931445.00 MONA Number: 9229.00
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. This species is placed in subgenus Agriopodes by Schmidt and Anweiler, and in the Hasta Species Group. Other members of this group in North Carolina include hamamelis, lithospila, innotata, betulae, radcliffei, interrupta, laetifica, spingigera, superans, morula, and lobeliae.
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 photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
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: According to Wagner (2005), habitats include fields, powerlines rights-of-way, and woodlands. Our records come mainly from upland habitats, but we also have them from the barrier islands, Coastal Plain swamp forests, and peatlands
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are stenophagous, feeding on Black Cherry and other members of Prunus (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Rosaceous Thickets
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S5
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 hasta - Speared Dagger

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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-08-15
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2021-08-02
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-06-02
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-04-14
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-04-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-04-08
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-04-08
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2021-04-07
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-07-27
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-06-04
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-04
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-30
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-15
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-06-09
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2019-05-28
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2019-04-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2018-07-18
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2017-08-17
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: J. A. Anderson on 2017-05-17
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan on 2016-06-15
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2016-05-06
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Lenny Lampel on 2015-08-13
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-07-31
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-07-27
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-06-12
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2015-05-16
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2015-04-02
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jackie Nelson on 2013-08-11
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2013-07-26
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2013-07-23
Cabarrus Co.
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