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Angus' Datana Moth (Datana angusii)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Angus' Datana Moth



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



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 in each segment. They feed on the leaves of apple, oak, birch and willow trees and can be found anywhere these trees are growing.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Notodontidae
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          Genus: Datana
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            Species: angusii
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Datana angusii
Other Name(s): Angus's Datana
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 35mm (0.78" to 1.37")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, ivory, black
Descriptors: yellow, stripes, caterpillar, black, hairy, wire, oak
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 20mm and 35mm
Lo: 20mm
Md: 27.5mm
Hi: 35mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Angus' Datana Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Angus' Datana Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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