2019 June 24 afternoon
Kem Luther found an interesting caterpillar alongside the Hillman Trail in Metchosin yesterday:
Jeremy Tatum writes: It appears to be constructing its cocoon prior to pupation, and is incorporating fragments of bark into the cocoon. There are several caterpillars that do this, for example Behrensia, Furcula, Archiearis. I know it’s neither of the first two, so I was wondering if it might be Archiearis, though the caterpillar looks more like a noctuid. Does any viewer have any suggestions?
I visited the nature house at Swan Lake today, and there were several insects around the front entrance: 2 Zotheca tranquilla, 1 Leucoma salicis, a final instar caterpillar of Lophocampa argentata, and the two splendid beasts shown below, kindly photographed by Kalene Lillico.
Yellow Douglas Fir Borer Centrodera spurca (Col.: Cerambycidae)
Eulithis xylina (Lep.: Geometridae) Kalene Lillico