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.

August 5 afternoon

2019 August 5 afternoon

 

    Thanks to Scott Gilmore and Libby Avis for pointing out my misidentification of the moth seen in yesterday’s Butterfly Walk.  See this morning posting, where I now have the correct label.  Apologies to viewers and especially to the photographers.  It is not a footman moth, but a scape moth – same family, subfamily and tribe, but different subtribe!

 

   Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:

 

2 Campaea perlata

1 Clemensia umbrata

1 Dasychira grisefacta

2 Drepanulatrix sp.

2 Enypia packardata 

1 Hesperumia sulphuraria

1 Lacinipolia strigicollis 

6 Lophocampa argentata

2 Nemoria darwiniata

1 Neoalcis californiaria 

2 Oligia divesta

3 Panthaea virginarius

3 Perizoma curvilinea

3 Pero mizon

1 Schizura (ipomoeae?)

 

Thank you, as ever, to Libby Avis for the identifications.

 


Enypia packardata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Oligia divesta (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr

 


Lacinipolia pensilis (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr

 


Sabulodes aegrotata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Evergestis funalis (Lep.: Crambidae)  Jochen Möhr

 

  If this morning’s posting was rated PG (the coppers!), this afternoon’s posting is decidedly rated  X.  If you are of a nervous disposition don’t look at the next photograph, one of several insects and spiders photographed by Sean McCann at Island View Beach yesterday.  The robber fly was Identified almost simultaneously by Sean and by Rob Cannings.  The rest by Sean.

 

Robber fly Stenopogon bradleyi (Dip.: Asilidae)  Sean McCann

 

Robber fly Stenopogon bradleyi (Dip.: Asilidae)  Sean McCann

 

 

Wolf spider Pardosa distincta (Ara.: Lycosidae)  Sean McCann

 

 


Wolf spider Pardosa distincta (Ara.: Lycosidae)  Sean McCann

 

Ants Tapinoma sessile (Hym.: Formicidae)  Sean McCann

 

Western Black Widow Latrodectus hesperus (Ara.: Theridiidae)  Sean McCann

 

Western Black Widow Latrodectus hesperus (Ara.: Theridiidae)  Sean McCann

 

That’s all I can manage today!…