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Species Datana integerrima - Walnut Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7907

Clustered Caterpillars on Walnut tree - Datana integerrima 100's of caterpillars - Datana integerrima caterpillar on wooden bridge deep in deciduous forest - Datana integerrima Datana - Datana integerrima Walnut Caterpillar Moth - Datana integerrima Datana integerrima Walnut caterpillar moth - Datana integerrima Red caterpillars on hickory tree - 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
Species integerrima (Walnut Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7907)
Hodges Number
7907
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Datana integerrima Grote(1) & Robinson, 1866
Phylogenetic sequence # 930038 (2)
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 13 species of the genus Datana in America north of Mexico. (2)
Size
Wingspan 3.5-5.5 cm
Identification
Prominent brown patch on thorax, wings lightly banded. See Covell (3) for details.
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (4)
Range
Heppner (2003) reported the range to include Quebec to Florida(5), Minnesota to Texas. (6)
Moth Photographers Group includes Arizona. (7)
Habitat
Deciduous forests
Season
The main flight period is April to October. (7)
Heppner (2003) reported April, July to September, November in Florida. (6)
Food
Larvae feed on hickories, pecan, and walnut.
Life Cycle
One generation in northern part of range, up to three in southern.
Print References
Covell, p. 329, plate 43 #10 (adult) (3)
Wagner, Caterpillars of Eastern Forests, p. 56--larva (8)
Wagner, Caterpillars of Eastern North America, p. 295--photo of adult (specimen) and caterpillar (9)
Holland, p. 294, plate XL #13 (10)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, Moths of Western North America, pl. 33, fig. 52; p. 249. (11)
Works Cited
1.Augustus Radcliffe Grote, Lepidopterist (1841-1903)
2.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
3.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
5.Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Florida
6.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
7.North American Moth Photographers Group
8.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.
9.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
10.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.
11.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.