2021 June 17
Jeremy Tatum writes: Moths in their several stages have to exercise several strategies to avoid being eaten by predators. The caterpillar of the moth Behrensia conchiformis, and also the cocoon that it spins in which to pupate, adopts the very simple expedient of being invisible. Below is a photograph of the cocoon of Behrensia conchiformis. There’s no point in staring at it. It is invisible.
Cocoon of Behrensia conchiformis (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jeremy Tatum
Here are two recent geometrids from Jochen Möhr in Metchosin. One can appreciate how difficult it is to sort all these moths out! Thanks to Libby Avis for doing so.
Spargania magnoliata (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr
Hydriomena californiata/marinata (Lep.: Geometridae
Gordon Hart and Jeremy Tatum saw several Essex Skippers at Panama Flats this afternoon, June 17.