Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Datana californica (Dyar, 1890)

Family: Notodontidae
Identification: The only far western species in the genus Datana with scalloped forewing outer margin. This typically pale species may be darker at the northern end of its range.
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Range: Southern BC to mid California
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Taxonomy Notes: Datana californica (Dyar, 1890) is raised from synonymy of Datana ministra (Drury, 1773)

Pollinator Week was June 20-26, 2022!

Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.