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.

February 9

 

   Rosemary Jorna writes from the Kemp Lake area:  Does this one qualify for the first butterfly of 2021? It was on our kitchen counter today and has been trying to leave ever since. 

 

   Yes, writes Jeremy Tatum, it most certainly does.  This is not one of the butterflies that overwinters in the adult state – it normally does so as a pupa.  The pupa has presumably been indoors, and the butterfly ecloded (with a d) prematurely because of the warmth.  Yet it is often asserted that daylight length is at least as important as temperature in determining date of eclosion (with an s).

 

 

Cabbage White  Pieris rapae (Lep.: Pieridae) Rosemary Jorna

 

Cabbage White  Pieris rapae (Lep.: Pieridae) Rosemary Jorna