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