Noctuidae : Acronictinae
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Immature stages

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Grey Dagger
Acronicta psi
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Dark Dagger
Acronicta tridens

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2283 / 73.037

A common resident found throughout.

The map shows the distribution of adults identified by dissection or as larvae.

Found in a range of habitats.

Overwinters as a pupa with the adults coming readily to light.

Note Adults of Grey and Dark Daggers cannot be distinguished other than by dissection.

Verification Grade Comment: Adults require dissection

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 55 (39%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-20mm
Flight: May - July (September - October)
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees and shrubs
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
12/07/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO54
23/06/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO46
21/07/20181VC37 - WorcestershireSO73
16/07/20181VC40 - ShropshireSO49 -
14/07/20181VC36 - HerefordshireSO75

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