Moths of North Dakota

Noctuoidea, Notodontidae: Phalerinae

Datana perspicua Grote & Robinson 1865

Common name: Spotted datana/ Sumac caterpillar

Hodges #: 7908.

Identification: Rfw 21 mm, Fw outer margin even, groundcolor yellow0brown with darker transverse lines, reniform set off as a dark spot.  Hw light yellow.  Protibia with terminal claw visible and not hidden within the vestiture as in other Datana species. 

Similar species: 7902,7903, 7907, 7915.

Distribution: Throughout southern Canada and United States.

Hosts: Larval feed on Sumac- Rhus and Qak- Quercus.  

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


ND.  Morton Co., Hebron.  7- VII- 1937. 
E. Krauth.


Fasciculate antennae of D. perspicua.




Ventrolateral view of D. perspicua (left) showing protibial claws (arrows); head of D. perspicua (right) with palpi reaching to 1/2 height of eye.





Last updated: 04/14/09

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