A woodland moth, the gray Afflicted Dagger is so dark on areas of its wings that the black dashes, or daggers, on them are near impossible to see. A white or pale gray orb-shaped spot sits on the center of each wing. Mottled coloring covers the moth, much like its close relatives, so differentiating between them can be a challenge. Hindwings are light gray or whitish with few markings on them.
The caterpillar feeds on all sorts of oaks. It has an orange body and a thin, black line running down its 'back'. The orange-brown head is sparsely covered with wispy, white hairs, just like the rest of the body. It may appear too big for the body. Two broods can be produced each year.
The Afflicted Dagger is not actually afflicted with anything. It is a nocturnal moth and comes to light at night. Look for them in forests, woodlands, and even parks or gardens where oak trees are growing.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Prince Edward Is.
Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.