Grey Dagger - Acronicta psi

    Description

    The grey background is well-marked by black lines, one of which is 'dagger' shaped.

    Similar Species

    Grey and Dark Dagger can only be separated by genital determination. The caterpillars can however be told apart more easily.

    Habitat

    Most habitats, particularly woodland, hedgerows and gardens.

    When to see it

    Both are on the wing from June to early August.

    Life History

    Overwinters as a pupa in a silk cocoon under loose bark or in a crevice.

    UK Status

    Both species are widespread and quite common in Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    There are not too many Leicestershire and Rutland records, probably due to the difficulty of precise identification of the adult moths. L&R Moth Group status based on these records = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant, but genitalia examination needed for secure identification).

    Reference
    73.038 BF2284

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map