2015 March 16
Rosemary Jorna sends a photograph of Emmelina monodactyla from Kemp Lake Road, March 15.
Bill Katz sends a photo of a micro moth from Goldstream, March 13, and we are grateful to Eric LaGasa for identifying it as Acleris sp., and probably an unusually early Acleris britannia or Acleris schalleriana.
Jeremy Gatten writes: I just returned from three and a half weeks in Colombia and I’ve had the lights on to enjoy the action that the warm weather has brought. I have had the following species (although not 100% on the Xanthorhoe and Venusia):
He continues: I have pictures of most things, but won’t be back until Wednesday evening. Which species would be most entertaining for you to see?
Jeremy Tatum responds: My! What a choice! How can I possibly answer that one? I can’t think of any I wouldn’t want. So – Viewers of this site – please send your preferences to me (jtatum at uvic.ca) and I’ll pass them on to Jeremy Gatten. In the meantime, I, too, have difficulty with Venusia and Xanthorhoe. I also have difficulty with E. olivacea/annulata so it would be nice to see olivacea if Jeremy G. is 100 percent sure. I can’t remember if E. rubrica has appeared on this site before; I think it probably has, but very rarely. Hypena is another difficult one, and it would be nice to see a certain ID. Otherwise send ’em all, perhaps at a rate of three per day!
We have heard from Scott Gilmore in Upper Lantzville, who earlier sent us pictures of a caterpillar and pupae from Ceanothus, and which we suspected were Drepanulatrix. One of the moths has now emerged, and it is indeed Drepanulatrix – but the question is – which one? Both Scott and I (Jeremy T) believe it is D. monicaria– the only problem with that being that the species is apparently not on the Canadian list. So this is very exciting!
Scott also writes: Other interesting sightings have been finding some interesting beetles under bark of rotting birch and Douglas Fir in the forest above my house. These include:
Clinidium calcaratum, the only member of the Rhysodidae (wrinkled bark beetles) found in BC.
an Ambrosia beetle, perhaps from the genus Xyleborus
My son found an Ironclad beetle, Phellopsis porcata. Family Zopheridae
At my backdoor I found the introduced ant mimic Rugilus orbiculatus (a staphylinid) and nearby was a Plate-thigh beetle (Nycteus infumatus) which has the ability to “jump” (picture family Eucinetidae).
Ambrosia beetle. Perhaps Xyleborus sp. (Col.: Curculionidae) Scott Gilmore
Phellopsis porcata (Col.: Zopheridae) Scott Gilmore
Nycteus infumatus (Col.: Eucinetidae) Scott Gilmore