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 28 morning

2019 March 28 morning

 

   Rosemary Jorna sends photographs of a European Paper Wasp from Whiffin Spit, March 26.  She writes:  Tuesday seemed to be the day for wasps as there were several in our yard later that day along with my first butterfly sighting , a comma.

 

European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula (Hym.: Vespidae) Rosemary Jorna

 

European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula (Hym.: Vespidae) Rosemary Jorna

 

   Mark Wynja writes from Parksville:  Yesterday on Little Mountain in Parksville I tried to relocate the Oreas Comma with Mike Yip.  The Comma was a no show. I walked back to my vehicle and found a single Grey Hairstreak nectaring along the chain link fence across from the parking lot at 3:35pm on March 27.

Grey Hairstreak Strymon melinus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Mark Wynja

 

Grey Hairstreak Strymon melinus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Mark Wynja

 

   Ron Flower writes:  Yesterday March 27 we went back to the Goldstream River this afternoon and  found these two moths and we also saw another Mourning Cloak butterfly.


Archiaeris infans (Lep.: Geometridae)  Ron Flower

 


Enchoria lacteata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Ron Flower