Moths of North Carolina
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Datana angusii Grote & Robinson, 1866 - Angus's Datana Moth



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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NotodontidaeSubfamily: PhalerinaeP3 Number: 930034.00 MONA Number: 7903.00
Comments: One of 16 species in this genus, all but one of which occurs in North America north of Mexico (Miller et al., 2018). Nine have been recorded in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1948); Miller et al., (2018)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Forbes (1948); Wagner (2005); Miller et al., (2018)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: An umber-brown Datana, with no reddish or yellowish shading but sometimes greenish (Forbes, 1948). The outer margin is crenulate, as in ministra, major, and drexelli. As in ministra, the area between the costa and cubitus is not contrastingly lighter than the lower portion of the wing (Miller et al., 2018). Lines are dark brown, as is the disc of the thorax. Ministra is similar in pattern but is reddish- to yellowish-brown and has a reddish thoracic disc.
Wingspan: 45 mm (Forbes, 1948)
Adult Structural Features: Valves of the males have a single transverse flange; in angusii the flange is dentate or tuberculate; it is smooth in ministra (Forbes, 1948; Miller et al., 2018). See Forbes and Miller et al. for additional details and illustrations. Miller et al., also describe distinctive features of the female structures.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae are black with pale yellow stripes. The thoracic shield is usually black and the prolegs are reddish (Wagner, 2005). The thoracic shield can sometimes be reddish-orange, but is never the yellow found in ministra (Miller et al., 2018).
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Immature Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: The majority of our records come from wet-mesic stands of hardwood forest, with a substantial number coming from areas with mafic substrates or the floodplains and adjoining slopes of brownwater rivers. Walnut is likely to be present at most of these sites.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae have been reported as feeding on members of the Juglandaceae, including Butternut, Black Walnut, and Hickories (Wagner, 2005). Miller et al. (2018) regard all non-hickory records as suspect, however.
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S4S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Datana angusii - Angus's Datana Moth

34 photos are available. Only the most recent 30 are shown.

Recorded by: J. Thomson, Z. Cowan on 2020-09-16
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-08-08
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2020-07-18
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-06
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-31
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-31
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-05-28
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-14
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-24
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-22
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-26
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-26
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-05-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2018-07-07
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-05-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-05-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2018-05-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Julie Tuttle on 2017-06-24
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger, P. Scharf on 2015-06-18
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2014-06-04
Warren Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2013-06-13
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Doug Blatny/Jackie Nelson on 2012-07-05
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Paul Scharf on 2011-05-27
Warren Co.
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