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73.038 GREY DAGGER (Acronicta psi) Linnaeus.

 

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PICTURE: Of a specimen found on Lime on the disused railway line in Stafford, September 1986.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is widely distributed and quite common throughout England, Wales and Ireland. It is widespread over most of Scotland but is uncommon.

 

WING SPAN: 34mm to 45mm.                              STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: June to August.                        LARVAL PERIOD: August to October.

 

HABITAT: woodland, heathland, commons, hedgerows, waste ground, parks, gardens and waste ground where the food plants grow.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: Birch, Lime, Elm, Oak, Rowan, Hawthorn, Blackthorn and probably other tree's and shrubs..

                                              

SIMILAR SPECIES: The Grey Dagger and Dark Dagger moths are virtually identical, and positive identification requires examination of the male genitalia. The caterpillars however are different, and easy to identify.

 

           
               
             
               
             
 

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