2107 April 25
Annie Pang sends a photograph of a hover fly (syrphid), from Gorge Park, April 24. As flies go, syrphids are relatively attractive insects, but are, unfortunately, notoriously difficult to identify to species from photographs. Specialists often want to check out he shape of a tiny structure at the base of the wing, called a calypter.
Hover fly (Dip.: Syrphidae) Annie Pang
Annie also sends a photograph of a bee fly (Bombyliid). They are parasitoids of Andrena bees.
Rosemary Jorna sends some fascinating photographs of a globose springtail from Mount Bluff (above Camp Bernard), April 24. (Still no butterflies, she writes!) Since springtails are no longer considered to be insects (Class Insecta), and Collembola no longer an Order, I believe the current classification of Rosemary’s animal is something like this:
Subclass Collembola (springtails)
Order Symphypleona (globose springtails)
Species Ptenothrix maculosa
Ptenothrix maculosa (Symphypleona: Dicyrtomidae) Rosemary Jorna
Jochen Moehr has recently moved to a new part of Metchosin – near Lindholm Road – and it appears to be an exciting place for moths. He has sent a big bunch of photographs taken on the stucco today. Jeremy Tatum writes: I’m posting now the few that I have been able to identify today. Others will be posted as we manage to identify them.
The first is another one in the Egira rubrica/perlubens puzzle – except that now that we have sorted that puzzle out, I am sure that Jochen’s moth is a classic no-questions Egira rubrica. Viewers may find it interesting to compare it with the images of the two species on the April 24 posting.
Feralia comstocki (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Moehr