Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island--Jeremy B. Tatum



Cyclophora pendulinaria


To me one of the more interesting things about this moth is its pupa. Apart from its unusual shape, the interesting thing is that it pupates in a manner similar to that of pierid and papilionid butterflies, with a silken girdle around the waist. It would serve as an excellent example to cite in answer to an examination question: "Explain what is meant by convergent evolution" - though there is always the danger that the examiner might not be familiar with it! The caterpillar feeds on alder, and the pupa overwinters.

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