Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Datana Walker, 1855
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!
Fourteen 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.
- 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