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Angus Datana Moth Caterpillars

Datana angusii

Description:

Family: Notodontidae (Prominents) Uncommon. Length: Up to 50.8 mm (2 inches). 4th to 5th instar. Black with long white hairs and whitish yellow stripes. Head is black. "Feet" are red. Host trees: Butternut, hickory, pecan and walnut. Heavily defoliates trees.

Habitat:

Large trees in yard near woodlands.

Notes:

Photos shown: Eating leaves (unknown tree) and also in defensive position. Infestation.

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3 Comments

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 5 years ago

I wanted to see if anyone was paying attention. LOL Thanks ForestDragon. ID is always difficult with similar species.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 5 years ago

By the way, I love that you labeled the dung in photo #3. That made me giggle!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 5 years ago

Nice series! These are definitely from genus Datana, but I think these are a different species. Datana integerrima is black with fine white hairs.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/493941/bgp...

Looks like a Black Walnut or related nut tree, from what I can see. I am not sure which one they are since there are several similar looking caterpillars. Maybe this will help! http://bugguide.net/node/view/236/bgpage...

Carol Snow Milne
Spotted by
Carol Snow Milne

penna, USA

Spotted on Aug 29, 2014
Submitted on Oct 3, 2014

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