2019 September 12 morning
Erratum: On September 11, I had misidentified a dragonfly photographed by Jody Wells. The correction has now been made and the insect in now correctly labelled.
Cheryl Hoyle sends photographs of some beetles, and we are most grateful to Charlene Wood for identifying them.
The first, photographed at Port Alberni, September 8, is a leaf beetle of the family Chrysomelidae. This is a large family of small beetles, which need very close examination for safe identification, so we shall just leave it as a chrysomelid.
Leaf beetle (Col.: Chrysomelidae) Cheryl Hoyle
Next is a ground beetle, Pterostichus algidus, from Bamfield, September 7.
Pterostichus algidus (Col.: Carabidae) Cheryl Hoyle
Charlene writes that the third, photographed at Bamfield on September 9, is a cool intertidal beach specialist staphylinid Pictured Rove Beetle Thinopinus pictus. They mostly feed on beach hoppers (Amphipoda).
Thinopinus pictus (Col.: Staphylinidae) Cheryl Hoyle
Jochen Möhr sends a picture of a spider. Dr Robb Bennett writes: The spider is a mature male Agelenopsis grass funnel-web spider. Most likely either Agelenopsis actuosa or Agelenopsis oklahoma – they are the only two in our area which have a very large circular embolus (the black object immediately below the spider’s eye area). There are several other species of Agelenopsis around but their emboli are less conspicuous, much less sticky-outy (a technical term).
Agelenopsis actuosa or A. oklahoma (Ara.: Agelenidae) Jochen Möhr
Rick and Libby Avis saw a Ringlet and a Woodland Skipper at Island View Beach on September 6, and photographed a female Caenurgina erechtea.
Caenurgina erechtea (Lep.: Erebidae – Erebinae) Rick Avis
Scott Gilmore photographed a Fall Webworm – the caterpillar of the moth Hyphantria cunea in his Lantzville garden today:
Hyphantria cunea (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae) Scott Gilmore
Jeremy Tatum photographed a caterpillar from East Sooke Park. Note sure whether it is Habrosyne scripta or Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides. Shall have to wait until next spring to be sure.
(Lep.: Drepanidae – Thysanurinae) Jeremy Tatum
Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:
1 Fishia illocata
6 Lacinipolia pensilis
2 Neoalcis californiaria
1 Platyptilia carduidactylus
4 Xestia finatimis complex
Platyptilia carduidactylus (Lep.: Pterophoridae) Jochen Möhr
Xestia finatimis complex (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Fishea illocata (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr