This blog provides an informal forum for terrestrial invertebrate watchers to post recent sightings of interesting observations in the southern Vancouver Island region. Please send your sightings by email to Jeremy Tatum (jtatum@uvic.ca). Be sure to include your name, phone number, the species name (common or scientific) of the invertebrate you saw, location, date, and number of individuals. If you have a photograph you are willing to share, please send it along. Click on the title above for an index of past sightings.The index is updated most days.

January 20

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