2023 November 10
Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin: Finally, an Operophtera – but which one?
Jeremy Tatum writes: I’d call this O. brumata. I had two at my Saanich apartment this morning – the first I’ve seen here this season. Moth-ers might take their cameras to the Goldstream Park Nature House, where sometimes O. occidentalis is the most numerous of the Winter Moths. There is even a chance there of finding the rarer one, O. danbyi.
European Winter Moth Operophtera brumata (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr
While thinking of yesterday’s photograph of a butterfly drinking tears from the eyes of a caiman, I seem to remember reading somewhere that one of our erebid moths sometimes imbibes fluids from the eyes of cattle. I have forgotten which moth – it may possibly have been the Herald Moth Scoliopteryx libatrix. If any viewer has information on this, please do let us know.