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.

2022 May 11

2022 May 11

    Jeremy Tatum writes that there was a California Tortoiseshell on the Mount Tolmie reservoir yesterday evening at 5:30 pm, and Gordon Hart writes that there were two Western Spring Azures on his Highlands property this morning.

  Jochen Möhr sends a photograph of the pug Eupithecia ravocostaliata from his Metchosin

 property this morning.

Eupithecia ravocostaliata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

   Jeremy Tatum sends  photographs of the beetle Calligrapha californica from Panama Flats this afternoon.

Calligrapha californica (Col.: Chrysomelidae)  Jeremy Tatum

 

Calligrapha californica (Col.: Chrysomelidae)  Jeremy Tatum

   Rosemary Jorna sends a photograph of the recently-named new bee species Bombus vancouverensis.   Formerly thought to be part of B. bifarius, since 2020 it has been recognized as a distinct species.

Bombus vancouverensis (Hym.: Apidae)  Rosemary Jorna