2021 September 6
Jeff Gaskin writes: Today, September 6, Kirsten Mills and I went on a road trip as far as Jordan River and along the way we saw Pine Whites at a few locations. Our first one was at the parking lot at Muir Creek, two were on the outskirts of Shirley and one was along Sooke Road near Connie Road. The only other butterflies we saw were all Cabbage Whites and they were quite plentiful.
Richard Rycraft photographed a latish Woodland Skipper this morning in Oak Bay:
Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides (Lep.: Hesperiidae) Richard Rycraft
Aziza Cooper photographed a Lorquin’s Admiral at Swan Lake today. We’ll leave viewers to decide if this is the same individual or a different one from the one that Gordon Hart photographed recently (see September 3 Alert).
Lorquin’s Admiral Limenitis lorquini (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Aziza Cooper
Jeremy Tatum writes: It is the time of year to find “woolly bear” caterpillars. Here are two. Soon we will be finding the woolly bear caterpillar of the Spotted Tiger Moth, and in October, the Banded Woolly Bear, caterpillar of the Isabella Tiger Moth.
Fall Webworm Hyphantria cunea (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae) Jeremy Tatum
Yellow Woolly Bear Spilosoma virginica (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae) Jeremy Tatum