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.

March 31

2015 March 31

 

   Jeremy Tatum sends a photograph of a weevil from his Saanich apartment this morning.  It was identified for him by Scott Gilmore, who writes:  Your beetle is Otiorhynchus singularis (Raspberry Weevil) a native of Europe from the Curculionidae family. The genus is quite common (at least here). There are no native species in the genus, 5 species are known from BC and I have had 4 of them in my backyard. I am not even sure the 5th species is recorded from the island.

 

Raspberry Weevil Otiorhynchus singularis (Col.: Curculionidae) Jeremy Tatum

 

   Scott sends a photo of another Bark Louse from the same cedar tree in his Upper Lantzville backyard. The attached picture is of Ectopsocus briggsi (Ectopsocidae family) that he found on March 10th.  Kindly identified by Diane Young.

 

Bark louse Ectopsocus briggsi (Pso.: Ectopsocidae) Scott Gilmore

 

 

   Rosemary Jorna writes, from Otter Point:     There were a half dozen of these bees landing on the damp stones of our path this afternoon. It was good to see them as I have not seen that many yet this spring.  Jeremy Tatum writes:  If there’s anyone out there who can identify it, please let us know.  In the meantime I hope I’m not committing some dreadful blunder in labelling it Andrena sp.

 

 

Andrena sp. (Hym.: Andrenidae) Rosemary Jorna

 

 

   Bill Katz sends a photo of Coryphista meadii  from that famous garage on Summit Hill.

 

Coryphista meadii (Lep.: Geometridae) Bill Katz