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 August 5

2022 August 5

   Jeremy Tatum writes:   I have just moved my computer from UVic to home.  This will have some advantages and some disadvantages, and possibly some glitches in posting Invertebrate Alert while I sort things out.  I am hoping that the advantages will eventually win.

   Ren Ferguson sends a photograph of a moth from Mount Erskine on Salt Spring Island, August 4.  Thanks to Libby Avis for identifying it for us.

Caripeta divisata (Lep.: Geometridae)   Ren Ferguson

   Jochen Möhr sends photographs of some moths from Metchosin, plus another view of the gigantic beetle that he showed on August 3.

Campaea perlata (Lep.:  Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Campaea perlata (Lep.:  Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Campaea perlata (Lep.:  Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

Zotheca tranquilla (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr

Prionus californicus (Col.: Cerambycidae)  Jochen Möhr

   The yellow Yellow Woolly Bear caterpillar shown on August 2 has since undergone ecdysis (skin change) into its final instar, and is now a much richer brown, less yellow, colour.

Spilosoma virginica (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Jeremy Tatum

   Jeff Gaskin writes today:  While I didn’t find too many butterflies at McIntyre Road  reservoir – nothing but Cabbage Whites –  I did see a good number of dragonflies.  I followed up on what Val George reported the other day and found many Eight-spotted Skimmers, a few Blue-eyed Darners, Blue Dashers, 2 or 3 Black Saddlebags, an individual Western Pondhawk, and a Cardinal Meadowhawk.  The Black Saddlebags and Blue Dashers were lifers for me.