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Acronicta aceris (Linnaeus, 1758)

Самка  (Acronicta aceris)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Noctuidae subfamily Acronictinae tribe Acronictini genus Acronicta subgenus Acronicta → species Acronicta aceris

Species name(s)

Acronicta (Acronicta) aceris (Linnaeus, 1758) = Phalaena aceris Linnaeus, 1758 = Noctua infuscata Haworth, 1809 = Acronycta paradoxa Boisduval, 1829.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky.

Forewing length

18—20 mm.

Primary colors

Yellow, Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Over-wintering stage


Имаго  (Acronicta aceris)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Front wing - up to 2 cm. Coloration gray-brown-blackish, rear wings are almost white. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Crete, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Lower Volga, Mid-Volzhsky, South West Siberian, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Dodecanese Islands, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Cyprus, Corsica, Crete, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands,Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden , Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Widespread in Europe, in the Alps Acronicta aceris it reaches 1600 meters altitude. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • From mid-May to mid-August. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • It flies through the alleys and gardens. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • Caterpillars are found from July through September. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Acer, Tilia, Quercus, Betula, Salix and other trees. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Maple and horse chestnut. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Overwintering stage

  • Winters doll. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Acronicta aceris


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Andrey Ponomarev, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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30.01.2014 22:10, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Pupa.

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