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



Lithophane contenta


This moth is rare in Canada as a whole, but its caterpillar can be found in July and August on Garry Oaks Quercus garryana in the Victoria area. I do not know if carnivorous habits have been recorded before in the genus Lithophane, although caterpillar-eating is known in the neighbouring genus Eupsilia. The photograph shows a caterpillar of Lithophane contenta eating a hapless caterpillar of Triphosa haesitata. I do not blame this at all on overcrowding in the rearing cage, which I am always careful to avoid, so I expect it occurs regularly in the wild.

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