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Genus 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!
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.
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)
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.