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Acronicta euphorbiae

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Noctuidae
Scientific name  Acronicta euphorbiae
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Acronicta
Rank  Species
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Similar  Acronicta auricoma, Poplar grey, Acronicta cuspis, Acronicta menyanthidis, Craniophora ligustri

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The sweet gale moth (Acronicta euphorbiae) is a moth of the family Noctuidae.


Similar species

  • Acronicta auricoma
  • Acronicta megacephala
  • Acronicta aceris
  • Acronicta menyanthidis
  • Distribution

    Acronicta euphorbiae European Lepidoptera and their ecology Acronicta euphorbiae

    This species is distributed through parts of the Palearctic South of a line that is across southern Poland, from northern Scotland, Northeastern Netherlands/border with North-Western Germany, southeastward through the northern Czech Republic, the Ukraine and southern Russia to the Ural mountains.


    Acronicta euphorbiae European Lepidoptera and their ecology Acronicta euphorbiae

    These moths prefer warm, sunny slopes, grassy heaths, moorland and forests. In the Alps, they rise up to over 2500 metres above sea level.


    Acronicta euphorbiae Bestimmungshilfe des Lepiforums Acronicta Euphorbiae

    The wingspan of Acronicta euphorbiae can reach 32–40 mm. The females are slightly larger than the males and have darker hindwings. Forewings are grey dusted with darker; orbicular stigma is close beyond inner line; hindwings are white in male, fuscous in female with pale cilia. The ab. montivaga Guen. is a mountain form, with darker, bluer grey forewings, occurring in the Alps and in Norway. The ab. myricae Guen., occurring in the Scotch and Irish mountains, is still darker, with narrower, more pointed forewings, but not smaller as Staudinger states. The ab. euphrasiae Brahm, which appears to be the commoner form in France and S. W. Europe, is paler than the type and more luteous; Lastly, the ab. esulae. Hbn. is a quite, small form, with the markings obscured.

    Unlike adults the caterpillars are brightly colored, with hairy spikes. They gets more colorful as they grow.


    Acronicta euphorbiae FileAcronicta euphorbiae1JPG Wikimedia Commons

    The adults fly at night from May to June [1]. The larva feed on a wide range of plants, mainly on heather (Calluna vulgaris), bog-myrtle (Myrica gale), Euphorbia, Achillea, Rumex and Plantago.


    Acronicta euphorbiae Wikipedia

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