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 ( 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.

July 9 morning

2019 July 9 morning


   We open this morning with a miscellany of so far unidentified insects.  If any viewer can help with these please let us know. At this time of year, many of the experts are away on holiday.  If we make any progress with the identifications, we shall post what we find.

Layla Munger

We believe this is a fly of the Family Limoniidae (which some authors treat as a Subfamily Limoniinae of the crane flies Tipulidae).

Gordon Hart

Presumably a bumblebee of the genus Bombus.  While we would have liked to see more of the body from the side, this one will surely give someone an opportunity to try to identify it from its wing venation. [See July 11]

Cheryl Hoyle

This is a bush cricket, or katydid, of the Family Tettigoniidae.  I don’t think it is in its final instar, so it may be difficult to identify further.


Cheryl Hoyle

I believe this is a soldier beetle of the Family Cantharidae.  It is hiding its head, which may make it hard to pin down to species. [See July 10 morning]

Cheryl Hoyle

I wasn’t sure when I first saw it whether this is a bug or a beetle, but now I’m pretty sure it’s a bug.  I think I can see its rostrum. [See July 10 morning]

Cheryl Hoyle

I would call this a greenbottle fly, of the genus Lucilia.  The tiny speck near its middle leg looks like a small aphid.  The other small insect near the circumference of the yellow inner part of the flower is a thrips. [See July 10 morning]

Cheryl Hoyle

I think I can safely say that this is a beetle.  I’d be very impressed if anyone can go further. [See July 10 morning]

Cheryl Hoyle

I believe this is the pupa of a ladybeetle (Coccinellidae).  Which one?


Cheryl Hoyle

I ought to know this one, but I don’t!  Do you call them ladybugs or ladybirds?  Since they are obviously neither bugs nor birds, perhaps we should just call them ladybeetles.  (Or gentleman beetles for the males?) [See July 10 morning]

   So much for the unknown ones.  I think we know the ones below a little better.

Yellow-faced Bumblebee Bombus vosnesenskii (Hym.: Apidae) Layla Munger


      Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:

1 Choristoneura rosaceana

2 Biston betularia

1 Callizzia amorata

1 Drepana arcuata

1 Eulithis xylina

1 Lacinipolia strigicollis

1 Leucania dia

1 Nadata gibbosa

1 Panthea virginarius

2 Sicya crocearia

3 Stenoporpia excelsaria

Choristoneura rosaceana (Lep.: Tortricidae)  Jochen Möhr

Hesperumia sulphuraria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Leucania dia (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Stenoporpia excelsaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr