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Species Datana ministra - Yellow-necked Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7902

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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 ministra (Yellow-necked Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7902)
Hodges Number
7902
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: (Drury, 1773)
Size
FWL = 20-25mm (1)
WS = 40-53mm (2)
Identification
Adult: FW tawny to reddish brown, with no distinct dark shades like other Datana species. Outer margin is scalloped. Orbicular spot inconspicuous, blackish. AM median and PM darkest markings, HW paler, yellowish. (2)
Range
Discontinuous, from British Columbia to central California and Colorado, east to Nova Scotia (1)
Season
Adults fly June to mid-July (1)
Food
Variety of woody trees and shrubs (1)
Life Cycle
Early instars feed gregariously and skeletonize leaves (1)
The larvae feed on Malus, Quercus, Betula and Salix species. Young larvae skeletonise the leaves of their host plant. Later, they feed on all of the leaf except the leaf stalk. They feed in groups. 2
Remarks
A common pest in orchards (1)
Internet References
Moths of North Dakota - species page
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.