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Grey Dagger Acronicta psi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Very common throughout Nottinghamshire and will turn up at most sites and is a regular visitor to garden traps. It should be noted that Grey Dagger and Dark Dagger are visually identical and the background grey varies similarly within both species. Accurate separation of the two cannot be done without examination of the genitalia, but the larvae of both species are easily told apart.
Photographed at Sherwood Forest CP July 2009
Photographed at Red Hill July 2003
Early stages                            
Full grown larva. Photographed at Nettleworth Manor August 2009
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Grey Dagger
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Colin Watkin. Graham and Anona Finch. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. David Hursthouse. Sherwood Forest Rothamsted trap results 1986-1990. Sean Tobin. Lound Moth Group. Phil Cadman. Nottingham City Council. Tim Sexton. David Yates. Wil Heeney. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Martin Gray. Steven Chick. NBGRC. Barry Lygo. Charles Cannon. Caron Stubbs (Ransom Wood Moth Trapping Results 2010-2013). Jason and Lily Reece. Andy Adcock.

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Updated August 2021

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