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.

April 18

2018 April 18

 

   Barb McGrenere writes: Mike and I took a walk along the Lochside Trail in Blenkinsop Valley this afternoon.  We saw one Western Spring Azure (quick flyby) along Lohbrunner, and one Cabbage White along Lochside Trail just south of Lohbrunner.

 

   Nathan Fisk writes “What a Day!”  And he sends photographs from Fort Rodd Hill Learning Meadow, April 17, mostly of our lovely spring flowers, but (only just!) allowed on this site because there is an insect in each! 

 


Bombus vosnesenskii  and Dodecatheon sp.   Nathan Fisk   

 

 


Bombus sp.  and Dodecatheon sp.   Nathan Fisk   

 

 

 


Bombus sp.  and Dodecatheon sp.   Nathan Fisk   

 


Andrena sp. and Camassia sp.  Nathan Fisk

 


Anthocharis sara (Lep.: Pieridae) and Erythronium sp.  Nathan Fisk

  

April 17

2018 April 17

 

   Today’s posting is hardly an “alert”, since it dates from last fall, but I thought that it was sufficiently interesting that it certainly ought to be shared.  Robin Robinson writes that he saw some moths that “were hibernating in a prospector mine shaft that I was looking through last fall on Jocelyn Hill. There were probably about 50 of them on the ceiling of the cave.”

 

American Tissue Moth Triphosa haesitata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Robin Robinson

American Tissue Moth Triphosa haesitata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Robin Robinson

 

April 15

2018 April 15

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:   There are lots of dark-coloured flies that one encounters on the rotting seaweed on the seashore. I managed to photograph one of them on Mount Douglas Beach yesterday afternoon.  I think it is probably a coelopid, but there are flies in other families (e.g. Scathophagidae, Muscidae) that have members that occur on rotting seaweed.  It’s certainly not a muscid, so for the time being I’m labelling it as a probable coelopid.

 

Fly (Dip.: probably Coelopidae)   Jeremy Tatum

 

 

   I see from the bcvibirds website that Robin Robinson saw a Moss’s Elfin on Skirt Mountain on April 14.

April 13

2018 April 13

 

   Thomas Barbin writes:  Here are a couple of photographs of a Golden Buprestid Buprestis aurulenta that I found on April 9, 2018, at Goldstream Provincial Park.

 

Golden Buprestid Buprestis aurulenta (Col.: Buprestidae) Thomas Barbin

 

Golden Buprestid Buprestis aurulenta (Col.: Buprestidae) Thomas Barbin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 12 evening

2108 April 12 evening

  

 More of Jochen’s moths from Metchosin.

 


Hydriomena manzanita (Lep.: Geometridae)    Jochen Moehr

 


Egira crucialis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr

 


Egira simplex (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr

 


Cussusa indiscreta (Lep.: Erebidae)  Jochen Moehr

 


Feralia deceptiva  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr

 


Orthosia praeses (Lep.: Noctuidae)

 


Eupithecia ravocostaliata/nevadata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jocjen Moehr

 


Cladaria limitaria (Lep.: Geometridae_  Jochen Moehr

 


Egira hiemalis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr


Egira perlubens (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr