Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Drexel's Datana
Datana drexelii Hy. Edwards, 1884

Family: Notodontidae
Identification: A large prominent, with scalloped forewing margin. Nearly identical to Datana ministra but forewing slightly darker, especially toward costa, with less scalloped outer margin. Orbicular spot sometimes conspicuous. Hindwing also darker than in Datana ministra.
Wing Span: 4-5.6 cm.
Life History:
Flight: June-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Birches, blueberry, linden, sassafras, and witch-hazel.
Adult Food:
Range: Nova Scotia to South Carolina, west to Kentucky.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL