2021 February 7
This morning we have two difficult ones. First a photograph by Rosemary Jorna, Kemp Lake, of a maggot on a maple tree. Jeremy Tatum writes:
I am almost certain, or I think I can even say certain, that it is the larva of a dipteran. I think we can go so far as to say Suborder Nematocera. It may be pushing it a bit to suggest perhaps Family Mycetophilidae, fungus gnats.
Just possibly fungus gnat (Dip.: Mycetophilidae) Rosemary Jorna
Next, two organisms photographed at Victoria Airport by Jody Wells, February 6. The larger of the two organisms is not an invertebrate, but is Sialia currucoides (Aves – Passeriformes – Turdidae). I think Jody is right in suggesting Hymenoptera for the smaller of the two. Maybe we can go so far as to suggest Superfamily Ichneumonoidea.
Mountain Bluebird with ichneumonoidean Jody Wells