2021 June 29
Laurie Tomandl writes: I just spotted this critter outside my back door in Cordova Bay, just sitting on the baking hot cement in our current 38 degree weather at 7pm. Is it a British Emerald?
Yes, writes Jeremy Tatum . Although we do have native emeralds here, this one is indeed the Common Emerald from Britain or Europe. In the immediate area around Victoria, it is the commonest emerald. Goodness knows how they got here – but we do have several European moths in the area.
Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria (Lep.: Geometridae) Laurie Tomandl
In addition to 11 Malacosoma californicum Jochen Möhr had the following moths at his Metchosin house this morning:
Idaea dimidiata (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr
Bellura obliqua (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Smerinthus ophthalmica (Lep.: Sphingidae) Jochen Möhr
Raphia frater (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Eupithecia sp. (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr