Major Datana Moth Datana major Grote & Robinson, 1866    Synonyms: Azalea Caterpillar Moth, Hodges #7905.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Notodontidae   >   Genus Datana   

Status:

Occurs in "[b]ogs, acid swamps, barrens, woodlands from Kansas to southeastern Ohio and New Jersey south to Florida and Texas" (Wagner, 2005)

Relationships:

Host plants include Deerberry, Farkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum), azalea, Fetterbush, Leatherleaf, Maleberry, Staggerbush, and other heaths, but possibly not other Vaccinium species (Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants, Miller et al., 2018, Wagner 2005).

There are 25 records in the project database.

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A Major Datana Moth in Howard Co., Maryland (6/13/2017). Photo by Anthony VanSchoor. (MBP list)

A Major Datana Moth in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/11/2010). Photo by Bob Patterson. (MBP list)

A Major Datana Moth in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (7/23/2017). Verified by Roger Downer/BAMONA. Photo by Jane Kostenko. (MBP list)

A Major Datana Moth caterpillar in Caroline Co., Maryland (8/16/2010). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Major Datana Moth caterpillars in Maryland (9/15/2009). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)

A Major Datana Moth caterpillar in Maryland (9/15/2009). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)

Major Datana Moth in Washington Co., Maryland (9/2/2016). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)

Major Datana Moth caterpillars showing defensive posture in Washington Co., Maryland (8/26/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)


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