Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
The names of at least three moth genera, Datana
, (Notodontidae), and Natada
(Limacodidae) are anagrams
. These genera were named by Francis Walker
in 1855, and perhaps only he knew which came first!
Distinctive as a genus, difficult as to species. Resembles a faded brown leaf, rolled up, with a fuzzy chesnut "head", actually the upper thorax. Wings have a weak pattern of lighter lines.
Includes eastern North America
Deciduous forests, woodlands, edges with deciduous shrubs
April-September, among several species in eastern North America.
Adult food unknown, perhaps do not feed.
Larvae feed on leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs and may be pests.
- Birch, blueberry, linden, sassafras, sourwood, and witch-hazel.
- Larvae feed on hickories, pecan, and walnut
- Larvae feed on Sumac (Rhus
species, in the family Anacardiaceae) (1)
- mainly on leaves of azalea (Rhododendron
- apple, oak, birch and willow trees
Covell, pp. 328-329, plate 39 (2)
Himmelman, p. 43, plates A-3, B-4 (3)
Wagner, p. 56: D. contracta, integerrima, drexelii
Oklahoma Wild Things
--D. contracta caterpillar
North Carolina State University
lists 9 species for the state, with number pinned: angusii (23), contracta (23), drexelii (15), integerrima (25), major (31), ministra (24), perspicua (33), ranaeceps (11)
at Moth Photographers Group