Moths of North Carolina
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Acronicta impleta Walker, 1856 - Yellow-haired Dagger


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: AcronictinaeP3 Number: 931474.00 MONA Number: 9257.00
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. Impleta is a member of Species Group V of Forbes (1954), which in North Carolina also includes noctivaga, impressa, longa, oblinita, lanceolaria, and sinescripta.
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)                                                                                 
Wingspan: 40-50 mm (Forbes, 1954)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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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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Immature 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: Wagner et al. (2011) lists fields, woodlands, and forests as habitat. Our records come from the full range of hardwood forests and woodlands that exist in North Carolina, from maritime forests, sandhill scrub, bottomland hardwoods, mesic slopes, and high elevation forests. We do not, however, have records from shrubby peatlands or shrubby maritime dunes.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on a wide range of hardwood trees and shrubs (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Hardwood Forests
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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Recorded by: David George on 2021-07-27
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-07-27
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-07-27
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2021-07-21
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-06-22
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2021-06-22
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-04-19
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-04-18
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-04-18
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-04-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-04-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-04-04
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-03-10
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Taylor on 2020-08-20
Beaufort Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-08-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-05-11
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-17
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-03-29
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-03-29
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2019-08-30
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-29
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2019-07-24
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2019-04-27
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-04-25
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-04-12
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-04-07
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2019-04-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2019-03-28
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2019-03-28
Madison Co.
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