2021 July 21
Jeremy Tatum writes: Here is a small, slightly worn, moth found on a window at the University of Victoria today. Amazingly, if we follow some taxonomists, this little moth, known as a scoopwing moth, is in the same Family as the huge, brilliantly-coloured tropical swallowtail moths of the Family Uraniidae.
Although the Uraniidae is regarded as being in the Superfamily Geometroidea, and is therefore related at that level to the Geometridae, the caterpillars of the scoopwings don’t look at all like geometrids. They have their full set of prolegs, and look rather similar to noctuid caterpillars. They feed on honeysuckle
Callizzia amorata (Lep.: Uraniidae – Epipleminae) Jeremy Tatum