Acronicta fallax

931442.10 — 9281 — Acronicta fallax (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854) — Green Marvel

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Viburnum dentatum

Viburnum dentatum


This species was long misplaced taxonomically due to its extreme divergence in superficial characters of patterning from all other members of its genus. Its bold pattern is cryptic on lichen.


  • 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.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Schmidt, B.C. & G.G. Anweiler, 2020. Noctuidae (Part) Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 25.4: 182; pl. A-12, figs. 46-55 (adult); pl. 22, fig. 4 (♂ gen.); pl. 39, fig. 6 (♀ gen.); pl. L-9, figs. 4, 6 (larva) (order).
  • Schmidt, B.C., D.L. Wagner, B.V. Zacharczenko, R. Zahiri, G.G. Anweiler, 2014. Polyphyly of Lichen-cryptic Dagger Moths: synonymy of Agriopodes Hampson and description of a new basal acronictine genus, Chloronycta, gen. n. (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). In: Schmidt BC, Lafontaine JD (Eds) Contributions to the systematics of New World macro-moths V. . ZooKeys, 421: 115-137.
  • Species Page at BugGuide