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Photo#555117
Datana perspicua? - Datana

Datana perspicua? - Datana
Hobe Sound, Martin County, Florida, USA
July 31, 2011
Size: 25 mm
Is this Datana perspicua– Spotted Datana Moth #7908? If not, which Datana? Thanks

Moved
Moved from Moths.

hmmm...
I think 7906 Contracted Datana Moth
Datana contracta

 
Thanks Nina!
After more comparison, I agree with you- D. contracta. As editor,
are you confident enough for me to move the photo since I see only one other adult post for the species?

 
Well, it's moe are YOU confident...
I may be an editor, but I'm not a professional lepidopterist, just a hobbyist.

There are only seven Datana species listed on MPG, and of them, Datana integerrima - Walnut Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7907, Datana major - Azalea Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7905 are the only ones already established here on BG as in Florida. Take a look at those, and if they don't seem to be a match, then I'd say, go for it and move to D. contracta--the surrounding states do have D.c. on the BG maps.

 
Thanks so much for your help.
Confidence I have; confirmation I don't. Since several of these species look so much alike, I am going to leave it here for a while longer. Hopefully a lep specialist can weigh in.

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