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 June 28

2022 June 28

   Rosemary shows a sexton beetle with hanger-on mites from the Kemp Lake area, June 26

 

Nicrophorus defodiens (Col.: Silphidae)

with probably Poicilochirus sp. (Mesostigmata: Parasitidae)

Rosemary Jorna

 

     Jeremy Tatum shows two photographs of a Large Yellow Underwing.  They may be compared with another individual of this variable species shown on June 21.  In the second of today’s photographs of the moth we catch a small glimpse of the yellow hindwings.

Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Tatum

 

Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Tatum

   Steven Roias reports that a Polyphemus Moth  emerged today from the second of two cocoons that he has been watching through the winter.   The first one (see June 26) was a girl; today’s was a boy.  The boys have huge bipectinate antennae.