New York Natural Heritage Program
A Hand-maid Moth
Datana ranaeceps (Guérin-Méneville, 1844)
Kingdom: Animalia

      Phylum: Mandibulates (Mandibulata)

           Class: Insects (Insecta)

                Order: Butterflies, Skippers, and Moths (Lepidoptera)

                     Family: Prominent Moths (Notodontidae)

Comments on the Classification [-]
Careful rearings should be conducted to verify that this is a single species. In particular, the few seen from the Appalachians (at least central Pennsylvania and Virginia) look a little different and occupy a very different habitat. Dark red forms are always this species in southern New Jersey, but in eastern North Carolina, most appear to be Datana major. Coastal plain specimens at least from north of Florida show little geographic variation.