2019 July 8
It seems that the recent rain brought out the slugs. Rebecca Reader-Lee writes: I went to Botanical Beach with my family on Friday, July 5th and, while we were there, I found a small (no more than 5cm long) slug crawling down a tree next to the path. Jeremy Gatten writes that he believes it is a Scarletback Taildropper Prophysaon vanattae.
Scarletback Taildropper Prophysaon vanattae (Pul.: Arionidae)
Gordon Hart sends photographs of a dragonfly and a bumblebee. Thanks to Dr Rob Cannings for confirming the identity of the former as a male Blue-eyed Darner, and to Annie Pang for confirming the latter as a Western Bumblebee.
Male Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor (Odo.: Aeshnidae) Gordon Hart
Western Bumblebee Bombus occidentalis (Hym.: Apidae) Gordon Hart
Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:
1 Autographa californica
1 Callizzia amorata
2 Eulithis xylina
1 Homorthodes hanhami
1 Nadata gibbosa
1 Neoalcis californiaria
1 Perizoma costiguttata
1 Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
1 Scopula quinquelinearia
1 Aseptis binotata
Leucania dia (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Homorthodea hanhami (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr
Aseptis binotata (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Autographa californica (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides (Lep.: Drepanidae – Thyatirinae)
Scopula quinquelinearia (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr
Gordon Hart writes that a Painted Lady was seen at home on Thursday July 4, along with the usual Lorquin’s Admirals, Cabbage Whites and Western Tiger Swallowtails.
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Gordon Hart.
Gordon also sends a photograph of a bee, kindly identified by Annie Pang as Bombus melanopygus.
Bombus melanopygus (Hym.: Apidae) Gordon Hart
Rosemary Jorna writes: This fly was at the top of Todd Hill in the Sooke Hills today, June 8:
Probably Peleteria malleola (Dip.: Tachinidae) Rosemary Jorna
Jeremy Tatum writes: Here is a Red Admiral caterpillar found today on Lochside Trail just south of Lohbrunner’s.
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Jeremy Tatum
Jeremy Tatum writes that there were three Painted Ladies, a Western Tiger Swallowtail, and a Red Admiral on the MountTolmie reservoir this evening. I believe that this, and the caterpillar above, are the first Red Admirals reported to Invert Alert this year.