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  • Angus' Datana Moth - (Datana angusii)

    Angus' Datana Moth - (Datana angusii)

    Angus' Datana Moths are a fine example of how the larval form (caterpillar) of an insect can look completely different from its winged adult.

    Staff Writer (5/17/2017): Angus' Datana Moth adults could be mistaken for a dry, curled leaf. They are brown and have thin, dark lines running across the body that almost mimic leaf veins. A dark, fuzzy patch of hair on above the head is reddish-brown in color. From a distance, this dark patch appears like the inner shadow of a curled leaf. This species can be found on oak, willow and other trees, so blending into the trunk is an advantage.

    Their caterpillars are completely different in color and appearance. It is a wonder they are the same species. The caterpillar is black with a black head and neck. Bright, thin white lines run along the entire length of the body from head to rear. Tufts of white whiskers extend from the body at each segment close. They feed on the leaves of apple, oak, birch and willow trees and can be found anywhere these trees are growing.

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    Angus' Datana Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Angus' Datana Moth
    Scientific Name: Datana angusii
    Other Names: Angus's Datana

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Notodontidae
           Genus: Datana
            Species: angusii

    Size (Adult, Length): 20mm to 35mm (0.79in to 1.38in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, ivory

    Additional Descriptors: yellow, stripes, caterpillar, black, hairy, wire, oak

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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