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July 31 afternoon

2020 July 31 afternoon


   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosi n this morning:


1 Amorbia cuneanum

1 Coryphista meadii 

1 Eulithis xylina

1 Pero mizon

1 Hesperumia latipennis


Amorbia cuneanum (Lep.: Tortricidae)

Jochen Möhr


   Many Coryphista meadii  are difficult to distinguish from Triphosa haesitata.  The colour variety shown below, however, is distinctive and not at all like Triphosa haesitata.

Coryphista meadii  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Eulithis xylina (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr



Pero (possibly mizon) (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Hesperumia latipennis (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr


   Jeremy Gatten writes:  I had a special visitor at my light last night and it was still present this morning.  The larvae of this species apparently specialize on meadow-rue and columbine, so I am not sure how far this adult has travelled.  The closest columbines or meadow-rues would likely be garden varieties.    Jeremy Tatum comments:    A first for this site.  Wild columbines are common off Munn Road, a few miles away.  If this beautiful moth is at all like other plusiines, it is doubtless a strong long-distance flier.   Libby Avis writes that she had one at Port Alberni two nights ago.  Perhaps we have a miniature invasion – let’s all keep a look-out for this species.


Eosphoropteryx thyatyroides (Lep.:  Noctuidae – Plusiinae)  Jeremy Gatten