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Acronicta psi (Linnaeus, 1758)

Grey Dagger
73.0380 (B&F: 2284)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Noctuoidea
    »Family: Noctuidae
      »Subfamily: Acronictinae
        »Tribe: Acontiini

A resident species that usually occurs sparingly in a wide range of habitats but is sometimes fairly common at mv light in deciduous woodland. Widespread in distribution. A single brooded species, flying at some time between early May to early September. The larvae feed on “almost any forest or garden tree” (Adkin 1930) including beech, apple, sloe, silver birch, rose, sallow, sweet chestnut, elm, hazel, wild cherry, hop, and willow. (Pratt, 2011)

Acronicta psi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Larva on rose
Worthing, 19 vi 2019
Photo: Ian White
Acronicta psi (Linnaeus, 1758)
ex larva
Coldean, Brighton, vi 1989
Photo: Roy Leverton
Acronicta psi (Linnaeus, 1758)
, 2 x 2007
Photo: Michael Blencowe
Acronicta psi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lindfield, 13 ix 2007
Photo: Bob Foreman
Acronicta psi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ringmer, viii 2009
Photo: Jacob Everitt

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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