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Genus Datana

Datana Caterpillars (Datana ministra?) - Datana Oakworm? - Datana Bunch of Caterpillars - Datana Spotted Datana - Datana perspicua Caterpillar - Datana Walnut Caterpillar Moth Caterpillar - Datana integerrima Newly hatched caterpillars on black oak - Datana ministra 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
Nearctica.com lists 13 species.
Size
Wingspan 4-6 cm
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.
Range
Includes eastern North America
Habitat
Deciduous forests, woodlands, edges with deciduous shrubs
Season
April-September, among several species in eastern North America.
Food
Adult food unknown, perhaps do not feed.
Larvae feed on leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs and may be pests.
Drexel's Datana - Birch, blueberry, linden, sassafras, sourwood, and witch-hazel.
Walnut Datana - Larvae feed on hickories, pecan, and walnut
Spotted Datana - Larvae feed on Sumac (Rhus species, in the family Anacardiaceae) (1)
Azalea Datana - mainly on leaves of azalea (Rhododendron spp.)
Yellow-Necked Datana - apple, oak, birch and willow trees
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)
Internet References
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)
Notodontidae plate at Moth Photographers Group
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.