I finally got an Acronita at my blacklight – a big female Acronicta lobeliae! As you can imagine I was SO EXCITED – I recognized the “dagger” markings characteristic of many Acronicta species right away.
Here she is in a container with a little bit of tissue soaked in sugar water. I watched her sip on the sugary mix, so she should survive for a little while. No eggs from her yet, hopefully will get some from her soon. I am raising some A. lobeliae caterpillars but only a few are thriving, so I’d really like to get some more from this girl.