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Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Family Noctuidae


Smeared Dagger Moth (Acronicta oblinita)

Smeared Dagger Moth (Acronicta oblinita)

Gerald J. Lenhard, Bugwood.org

About this Caterpillar:

Here's another stinging caterpillar that varies in color. Look for the yellow patches along each side, and raised red spots on its back. The smeared dagger moth caterpillar also goes by the name smartweed caterpillar, for one of its preferred host plants.

Where It's Found:

Beaches, marshes, and barrens, with a range stretching from Florida and Texas all the way to southern Canada.

What It Eats:

Broad-leaved herbaceous plants, as well as some woody trees and shrubs.


Owlets, Cutworms, and Underwings (Family Noctuidae)


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