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.

2021 July 21

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