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


Callizzia amorata


This moth can easily be recognized by its curiously pleated hind wings. Apart from this feature it could be mistaken for a geometrid pug of the genus Eupithecia. The caterpillar, on the other hand looks, at first glance, like a typical (if small) noctuid. In fact it is a member of the relatively small family Epiplemidae. Surprisingly, taxonomists place this family close to the Uraniidae (some would even place it within the Uraniidae) which is a family that includes some of the most spectacular and brilliantly coloured day-flying moths of the tropics. Searching well-eaten leaves of the Yellow Honeysuckle Lonicera involucrata will often yield small colonies of the caterpillars.

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