Scientific name: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: noctuid
Common Name: moth
Date: 14 April 2001
Photographer: E. M. Barrows
Identifier: J. Swearingen
Collector: not applicable
Location: C & O Canal National Park
Keywords: A Botanical Society of Washington field trip BSWCOCNHP C & O National Historical Park caterpillar noctuid moth
Thousands of noctuid caterpillars (perhaps those of a dagger moth species) crawled on the Tow Path and elsewhere during the Spring Wildflower Foray of the Botanical Society of Washington.
Figure 1. Jil Swearingen, Center of Urban Ecology, examines a caterpillar.
Figure 2. Ditto.
Figure 3. A caterpillar crawls on the warm ground.
Figure 4. A caterpillar rests on a plant.
This caterpillar resembles the Acronicta oblinita (= Smartweed Caterpillar, Smeared Dagger Moth) (Wagner et al. 1997, page 30).
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Wagner, D.L., V. Giles, R. C. Reardon, and M. L. McManus. 1997. Caterpillars of Eastern Forests. FHTET-96-34. USDA Forest Service, Morgantown, WV. 113 pp.
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