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group of larvae - Datana perspicua

group of larvae - Datana perspicua
Cedar Rapids/ICNC, Linn County, Iowa, USA
July 25, 2010
Size: 25mm or so
prob. D. perspicua. Several of the Datana are listed for sumac in the HOSTS database, D. perspicua being one. Also, Wagner says that the primary food is sumac.

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group of larvae - Datana perspicua group of larvae - Datana perspicua

Moved from Datana.

How did you ID to species if there are several? Please explain

Datana major, D. ministra and D. perspicua are all listed in the HOSTS database as associated at times with sumac.

D. ministra is described on the Bugwood wiki as "The larvae are yellowish and black striped...The segment behind the head is bright orange-yellow - hence, its name, yellownecked caterpillar." Didn't seem close to mine.

D. major is described, after the first instar, as being "Mature larvae are predominately black with a red last segment." Didn't seem to be a good match.

D. perspicua is described (in comparison to D. ministra) by Wagner as "having broader yellow stripes and the base of each proleg on A3-A7 is somewhat reddened." My larvae also seems to be a perfect match for the picture in Wagner (I know that just b/c they look the same does not mean they are the same, but it lent support to my guess)

So, that's what led me to think D. Perspicua, but I will of course defer to the judgement of the editors on this, as I am an rank amateur.

I'm no expert
I just was trying to find out what it was and saw a move without a reason. Made me curious. I have no idea what it is.

It was good that you asked, on a site where anyone can move any of their pictures anywhere, the nonexperts need to explain (or rely on someone else with some knowledge.)

Moved from ID Request.

I'd start in

The way they arched reminded me of datana.

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