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)
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!
lists 13 species.
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
|2.||Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths|
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
|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.