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Angus Datana Moth Caterpillars

Datana angusii


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.


Large trees in yard near woodlands.


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

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Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

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

ForestDragon 9 years ago

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

ForestDragon 9 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.

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!

Carol Snow Milne
Spotted by
Carol Snow Milne

penna, USA

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

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