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White-dotted Prominent (Nadata gibbosa)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the White-dotted Prominent



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The White-dotted Prominent is a forest moth that may go by many names, but its preference for oak trees is the same regardless.



Updated: 10/11/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The warm, orange or brown wings of the White-dotted Prominent are marked with two small white dots. They are positioned slightly nearer the wings edge than the center. In some individuals, these white dots may be absent or very tiny. Thin, dark orange lines break the wings into three parts, and this pair of dots rests in the middle one. It has a thick, furry thorax that forms almost a mohawk that is best seen from its profile. This coarse part of its body may have inspired an additional common name: the Rough Prominent.

Another common name stems from the color and preferred food of its larva. This smooth, plump caterpillar is also known as a Green Oak Caterpillar, and it chews on the leaves of oak trees. It also eats birch, alder, maple, willow, plum, and cherry tree leaves. It is a pale green color, and its pale green head has yellow and black mouth parts. A yellow line runs from head to rear along each side of the body. A short yellow line curves around the rear end. Small pale speckles cover the body. The entire caterpillar becomes a dark purple-brown as it matures. It tends to curl into the shape of the number nine when threatened. At least two broods are produced each year; more in the warmer part of its range.




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: Nadata
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            Species: gibbosa
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Nadata gibbosa
Other Name(s): Green Oak Caterpillar Moth, Rough Prominent
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 30mm (0.78" to 1.18")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; orange; white
Descriptors: lines; twin; two; white; dots; hump; bump; furry; flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 20mm and 30mm
Lo: 20mm
Md: 25mm
Hi: 30mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the White-dotted Prominent 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 White-dotted Prominent. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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