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Species Datana ranaeceps - Post-burn Datana - Hodges#7911

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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 ranaeceps (Post-burn Datana - Hodges#7911)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Datana ranaeceps (Guérin-Méneville, 1844)
Sericaria ranaeceps Guérin-Méneville, 1844
Phylogenetic sequence # 930042 (1)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 13 species of the genus Datana in America north of Mexico.(1)
Wingspan about 42 mm.
Dark reddish brown with scattered white scales overlaying the forewing, giving a frosted appearance.

Determined by J. Bolling Sullivan
Maryland to Florida and west to eastern Texas.
This species is associated with certain ericaceous shrubs growing in recently burned areas. It can be locally common in such habitats, but fire suppression throughout the 1900s has caused the species to decline dramatically. It is currently found mainly in coastal scrub habitats.
See Also
Datana modesta also found in Florida.
Print References
McDunnough, J., 1918. Dates of issue of the plates of Guérin's Iconographie du Regne Animal (Lepid.). Entomological News, 29(10): 379.