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Spotted Datana Moth

Datana perspicua

Description:

About 22mm long

Habitat:

Mostly rural area. Found on the outside of a lighted building, just after sunrise.

Notes:

Probably the coolest moth I've seen this year. Looks like a cigarette butt mimic.

9 Comments

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 7 years ago

good shot of a datana moth!

Beautiful

KeithRoragen
KeithRoragen 9 years ago

Thanks for the comments and ID help everyone.

KeithRoragen
KeithRoragen 9 years ago

The more I compare images, the more I'm convinced it's D. perspicua. There is a single image at BugGuide under D. ministria that looks identical. I'm starting to think that image is in the wrong place in the guide.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Good question. I would send to BAMONA, and see if they can confirm it for you. it is usually good to bring experts in for the tough genera, and Datana is definitely one of them!

KeithRoragen
KeithRoragen 9 years ago

Yes, I've just found it in Datana, but how to distinguish between Spotted and Yellow-necked?

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

The two spots suggest Spotted Datana.

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Nice! Cool moth indeed :-)

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

stunning and very cute!

KeithRoragen
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KeithRoragen

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2012
Submitted on Aug 22, 2012

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