Acronicta insularis

931493.00 — 9280 — Acronicta insularis (Herrich-Schäffer, 1868) — Cattail Caterpillar Moth

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Typha (?)

Typha, more


Highly distinctive within the genus but easily mistaken for a Leucania or Mythimna (Leucaniini). Various Apameini, on Block Island Rhizedra lutosa, Globia oblinga, and Apamea lintneri, are also superficially similar.


  • 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.
  • Becker, V.O., 2002. The Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera) from Cuba described by Herrich-Schäffer and Gundlach in the Gundlach Collection, Havana. Revista Brasileira de Zoologia, 19: 349-391.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 50.45.; p. 283. Book Review and ordering
  • Rota, J., B.V. Zacharczenko, N. Wahlberg, R. Zahiri, B.C. Schmidt, B.C., and D.L. Wagner, 2016. Phylogenetic relationships of Acronictinae with discussion of the abdominal courtship brush in Noctuidae (Lepidoptera). Systematic Entomology, 41: 416-429.
  • Schmidt, B.C. & G.G. Anweiler, 2020. Noctuidae (Part) Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 25.4: 227; pl. A-18, figs. 25-36 (adult); pl. 27, fig. 3 (♂ gen.); pl. 43, fig. 2 (♀ gen.); pl. L-16, figs. 7, 8 (larva) (order).
  • Species Page at BugGuide
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths