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Genus Datana

Oak Tree Killer Cats!! - Datana contracta black larve or caterpillar - Datana integerrima Datana angusii #7903 ? - Datana angusii Datana integerrima Datana ministra Datana integerrima or D. Contracta - Datana Caterpillar - Datana Walnut Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7907 - Datana integerrima
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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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Datana Walker, 1855
Explanation of Names
The names of at least three moth genera, Datana (Notodontidae), Nadata, (Notodontidae), and Natada (Limacodidae) are anagrams. These genera were named by Francis Walker in 1855, and perhaps only he knew which came first!
Numbers
Fifteen species in America north of Mexico.
Identification
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.
Habitat
Deciduous forests, woodlands, edges with deciduous shrubs
Food
Adult food unknown, perhaps do not feed.
Larvae feed on leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs and may be pests.


angusii - Angus's Datana Moth - eastern US - Hickory specialist
californica - Datana californica - northwestern US - apple, cherry, oak, and many other trees
cochise - Datana cochise - southeast Arizona - walnut specialist


contracta - Contracted Datana - eastern US - oak and chestnut
diffidens - Datana diffidens - south Texas - Live Oak



drexelii -Drexel's Datana - eastern US - Blueberry and witch-hazel, also sourwood



integerrima -Walnut Datana - eatern US - primarily walnut but also hickory and pecan



major -Azalea Datana - eastern US - mainly on leaves of azalea (Rhododendron spp.) and other Ericaceae


ministra -Yellow-Necked Datana - Eastern US - apple, oak, birch and willow trees and many others but primarily oak
modesta - Datana modesta - Florida to SC and LA - Blueberry (Vaccinium, Ericaceae)
neomexicana - Datana neomexicana - New Mexico, SW Colo and West Texas - likely an oak specialist


perfusa - Datana perfusa - Arizona - an oak specialist


perspicua -Spotted Datana - US except extreme northwest - Sumac (Rhus species, in the family Anacardiaceae) (1) but Charles has some from southern Arizona on Manzanita, Arctostaphylos


ranaeceps - Post-burn Datana - coast Miss to NJ - Staggerbush (Lyonia) and Deerberry
robusta - Datana robusta - coast NC to TX -
Print References
Covell, pp. 328-329, plate 39 (2)
Himmelman, p. 43, plates A-3, B-4 (3)
Wagner, p. 56: D. contracta, integerrima, drexelii caterpillars (4)
Works Cited
1.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Discovering Moths: Nighttime Jewels in Your Own Backyard
John Himmelman. 2002. Down East Books.
4.Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
David L. Wagner, Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, Michael L. McManus. 1998. U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.