Acronicta afflicta – first meal
I have acquired eggs of several more Acronicta species from a collector, and a few have started to hatch.
The above video is a first instar Acronicta afflicta attempting to get at an oak leaf.
I guess I’m jumping ahead of myself though, here are the eggs!They look very much like the eggs of A. americana and A. oblinita, but with much rounder, more regular white spots. The first instar larvae look most like A. americana, being very pale and almost purple-ish. Perhaps these characters point toward evolutionary relationships? I would think so… I’m certainly getting inspired to get going on constructing the phylogeny of this group.There are many more eggs waiting… I’d say maybe 100 or more? I’ll be in the lab periodically over the weekend to check on them.