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Species Datana drexelii - Drexel's Datana - Hodges#7904

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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
Species drexelii (Drexel's Datana - Hodges#7904)
Hodges Number
7904
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Datana drexelii Hy. Edwards, 1884
Phylogenetic sequence #930035
Size
WS = 40-56mm (1)
Identification
Adult: Nearly identical to D. ministra with FW slightly darker, especially toward costa. Outer margin less scalloped. HW darker than D. ministra. (1)
Larva: "The larva of D. drexelii is similar to the yellownecked caterpillar. The head and body are black. The cervical shield, or "collar", and front of the thorax are yellow, forming a "yellow neck." There are 11 (counting the ventral line) yellow longitudinal stripes along the body, with the lateral stripes connected at the rear with a small yellow ... patch on abdominal segment nine or on segments eight and nine. Full-grown larvae are 45-50 mm long." - Auburn University Account
Range
South Carolina west to Kentucky and northward. (1)
Food
Birch, blueberry, linden, sassafras, sourwood, and witch-hazel. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.