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Species Datana perspicua - Spotted Datana - Hodges#7908

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Phalerinae
Genus Datana
Species perspicua (Spotted Datana - Hodges#7908)
Hodges Number
7908
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Datana perspicua Grote & Robinson, 1865
* phylogenetic sequence #930039
Explanation of Names
Perspicua is Latin for "transparent, clear; evident", perhaps indicating how easily Grote and Robinson believed the species could be distinguished from the other Datana species known at the time.
Size
WS = 45-56mm (1)
Identification
Adult: FW straw yellow with variable brownish shading. Sharp brown lines and conspicuous brown orbicular and reniform spots. HW entirely yellow. (1)
Range
South Ontario to Florida, west to Minnesota, Missouri and Texas (1)
Season
May - September (1)
Food
Larvae feed on Sumac (Rhus species, in the family Anacardiaceae) (2)
Print References
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, Moths of Western North America, Pl. 33.50f; p. 249
Grote & Robinson, 1865; Proc. Ent. Soc. Phil. 4: 489; in Grote (1875) Can. Ent. 7: 195
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