2015 January 20
Jeremy Tatum writes: Butterflies are not quite back yet (though if the current mild weather continues there is always a chance of a Mourning Cloak or a Satyr Comma). In the meanwhile, Bill Katz has photographed an American Tissue Moth at Goldstream Park. The caterpillar of this moth is a specialized feeder, feeding exclusively, as far as I know, on Cascara. He also reports a recent sighting, from his Summit Hill home, of an early Drepanulatrix moth. We’d be interested in all photographs of moths of this genus – at present we are not certain which species we have here. Their caterpillars, too, are specialists, feeding mostly on Ceanothus.
American Tissue Moth Triphosa haesitata (Lep.: Geometridae) Bill Katz