Moths of North Dakota

Noctuoidea, Notodontidae: Phalerinae

Datana ministra (Drury 1773)

Common name: Yellow-necked caterpillar

Hodges #: 7902.

Identification: Rfw 22.0  mm, Fw outer margin crenulate, discal and costal areas somewhat darker than remainder of wing; hw pale yellowish.  Antennae fasciculate, palpi reach about 1/2 height of eye.

Similar species: 7903, 7907, 7908, 7915.

Distribution: southern Canada and United States east of the Rockies, in the southwest to California.

Hosts: Larval feed on apple-  Malus, Oak- Quercus, Birch- Betula, Willow- Salix.  

Note: Datana species can be recognized by the contrastingly dark thoracic scales, short palpi, and fasciculate antennae.


MN.  Lake Co., McNair site #1. 
T56N,  R11W, Sec. 24. UV. lt. trap. 
 8- VIII- 1992.  G. Fauske.  

Larva, pic courtesy of USDA Forest Service, Northern Area Archive, Forestry Images,







Last updated: 04/14/09

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