Moths of North Carolina
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Acronicta lithospila Grote, 1874 - Streaked Dagger


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: AcronictinaeP3 Number: 931480.00 MONA Number: 9266.00
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, innotata, betulae, radcliffei, hasta, 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 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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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Found in barrens and dry oak forests throughout its range (Wagner et al., 2011). North Carolina records come from dry forests, including sandhills in the Coastal Plain, monadnocks in the Piedmont, and dry ridges in the Mountains. A few come from more mesic oak forests.
Larval Host Plants: Oligophagous. Larve feed primarily on oaks but also Chestnut, Hickory, and Walnut (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Dry-Xeric Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
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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.
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 Photo Gallery for Acronicta lithospila - Streaked Dagger

Photos: 16

Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-06-04
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-08-17
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-06-26
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-09-04
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-08-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2018-08-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2017-05-19
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2016-07-07
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2015-07-30
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2014-08-16
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: JWP on 2014-07-03
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: K. Bischof on 2014-05-31
McDowell Co.
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Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan on 2013-05-10
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-08-23
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-06-09
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: S. Hall on 2000-04-06
Moore Co.
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