What do you know? There’s a Gabriola insect. (And no, I’m not talking about that creepy guy at the pub.) On the Natural Resources Canada site, Gabriola dyari is listed as a conifer-defoliator:
Hosts: The principal hosts of Gabriola dyari are western hemlock and Douglas-fir; other hosts include western red cedar, amabilis fir, grand fir, subalpine fir, Engelmann spruce and mountain hemlock.
Distribution This species is generally distributed throughout British Columbia from the Nass and upper Fraser drainages south; it also occurs south to Oregon.
I want to know why this insect bears the name of our island. Was it discovered here? Alas, I’ve not found any details about the history of the insect’s name. I guess it’s too much to expect that entomologists would care about etymology, too.
(Edit: The page from which I quoted above is no longer on the Natural Resources Canada website. Alas!)
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