Acronicta hasta

931445.00 — 9229 — Acronicta hasta (Guenée, 1852) — Speared Dagger

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Prunus serotina



This species is difficult to separate visually from A. lobeliae, which is not known from Block Island and, given that it feeds on oak, is probably not found on the island.


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Lafontaine J.D. & B.C. Schmidt, 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico. ZooKeys, 40: 1-239.
  • Schmidt, B.C. & G.G. Anweiler, 2020. Noctuidae (Part) Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 25.4: 200; pl. A-14, figs. 1-4 (adult); pl. 24, fig. 5 (♂ gen.); pl. 41, fig. 3 (♀ gen.); pl. L-11, figs. 5, 6 (larva) (order).
  • Species Page at BugGuide
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths