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Genus Datana

Walnut Caterpillar Moth - Datana integerrima Oak Tree Killer Cats!! - Datana contracta Hairy black and yellow/white striped caterpillar - Help with identification please? - Datana Caterpillar [=Datana?] ID Request - Datana contracta Yellow-necked Caterpillar or Angus' Datana? - Datana Datana sp. - Datana Datana contracta? - Datana contracta - male Datana ministra? - Datana
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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!
Fifteen species in America north of Mexico.
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.
Deciduous forests, woodlands, edges with deciduous shrubs
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.