Noctuidae : Acronictinae
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Dark Dagger
Acronicta tridens
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Grey Dagger
Acronicta psi

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2284 / 73.038

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 103 (74%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-20mm
Flight: May - August
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
18/09/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO65 -
25/07/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO72
24/07/20192VC36 - HerefordshireSO36
24/07/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO75
23/07/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO73

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