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.

November 18

2020 November 18

 

   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

 

4 Epirrita autumnata

3 Erannis defoliaria/vancouverensis

5 Operophtera brumata

 


Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Erannis vancouverensis/defoliaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Erannis vancouverensis/defoliaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

   A variety of creatures from Colquitz River Park, November 17, by Ian Cooper:

 

Winter Moths in cop. Operophtera brumata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Ian Cooper

Female Winter Moth Operophtera brumata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Ian Cooper

Probably Lauria cylindracea (Pul.: Lauriidae) Ian Cooper

   Ian writes:  Perhaps 3 mm. Saw dozens of these tiny snails (above) on the rocks along the path. Also took photos of some on moss.

 

Dark-bodied Glass Snail Oxychilus draparnaudi (Pul.: Daubebariidae ) Ian Cooper

 

Male Common Earwig  Forficula auricularia (Derm.: Forficulidae)  Ian Cooper

Harvestman, probably Paroligolophus agrestis (Opi.: Phalangiidae)  Ian Cooper

 

November 17

2020 November 17

 

   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

 

4 Epirrita autumnata

2 Operophtera brumata

1 Orthosia mys

 


Orthosia mys (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

November 16

2020 November 16

 

   Jochen Möhr reports from Metchosin, yesterday just two Autumnal Moths and one Winter Moth, and this morning four Autumnal Moths and one Winter Moth.  No photographs taken.

 

   Jeremy Tatum is still looking for specimens of Erannis – if you find one dead.  I’d prefer them not to be killed just for me.

November 15

2020 November 15

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  On November 9  (morning) we posted a picture of a curious creature photographed by Ian Cooper, which I tentatively (and utterly wrongly!) suggested might be a dipluran.

   Further photographs by Ian show the lack of long antennae, and the obvious external mouthparts, either of which  which rules out Diplura.  It is in fact, as verified by coleopterist Charlene Wood, the larva of a beetle.  Charlene needs to see such microscopic details as the tarsal claws to go further, though she thinks perhaps Carabidae or Staphylinidae.

 

Beetle larva (Col.: Staphylindae?  Carabidae?)  Ian Cooper

 

Beetle larva (Col.: Staphylindae?  Carabidae?)  Ian Cooper

 

   Jeremy continues:   Longtime viewers of this site may recall that I have from time to time questioned the exact identity of our Erannis moths.  I am still very anxious to pursue this.  I don’t want one to be killed specially for the purpose, but if any viewer finds a dead one (it needn’t be in excellent condition) please save the specimen for me.  They are usually abundant, and dead specimens are sometimes noticed in spider webs, or trapped inside a building.  So far this year I haven’t seen one at all, dead or alive, but they will surely be apparent in the next couple of weeks or so.

 

 

 

 

 

November 14

2020 November 14

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  This wasp was fast asleep on the side of my moth-rearing box this morning.  At first I thought it was a solitary wasp, but a close look shows it to be a forlorn Polistes dominula.

 


Polistes dominula (Hym.: Vespidae)   Jeremy Tatum


Polistes dominula (Hym.: Vespidae)   Jeremy Tatum


Polistes dominula (Hym.: Vespidae)   Jeremy Tatum


Polistes dominula (Hym.: Vespidae)   Jeremy Tatum

I also had a Winter Moth at my apartment this morning.  I resisted the temptation to photograph it, but here’s one from Ian Cooper, plus two more creatures from Colquitz River Park, November 13.


Operophtera brumata (Lep.:  Geometridae)   Ian Cooper

Dark-bodied Glass Snail Oxychilus draparnaudi (Pul.: Daubebariidae )  Ian Cooper

Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Ian Cooper