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.

March 29 evening

2019 March evening

 

   More from Jochen Möhr’s recent bonanza.



Egira simplex/crucialis (Lep.: Noctuidae)

 


Egira simplex/crucialis  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Egira simplex/crucialis  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Egira curialis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Orthosia praeses (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 

 


Xanthorhoe defensaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

March 29 afternoon

2019 March 29 afternoon

 

   In addition to Jochen Möhr’s moth bonanza in Metchosin, Libby Avis has recently been seeing quite a few in Port Alberni in the last few days, including several Lithophanesgeorgii, pertorrida, innominata and petulca; Egira hiemalis, Xylena curvimacula, Orthosia hibisci, Venusias, Eupsilia tristigmata, Eupithecia gilvipennata; lots of Triphosa haesitata – “ I think they may have been overwintering under our deck.”

 

  Here are a few more of Jochen’s from Metchosin.  Thanks to Libby for help with the identifications.  More this evening.

 


Xanthorhoe defensaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 



Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Hydriomena manzanita (Lep.; Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr)

 

 


Lithophane innominata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 

 


Eupithecia ravocostaliata/nevadata  (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr

 


Orthosia hibisci (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Egira curialis  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 

 

March 29 morning

2019 March 29 morning

 

   More moths from Metchosin by Jochen Möhr.


Feralia deceptiva (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Hydriomena nubilofasciata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Hydriomena manzanita (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr


Hydriomena manzanita (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr


Lithophane innominata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Lithophane innominata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Lithophane petulca (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Orthosia transparens (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 

More this afternoon or this evening…

 

March 28 evening

2019 March 28 evening

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  I managed to walk all around Rithet’s Bog this afternoon, without seeing a single butterfly.  However, on the way back I saw my first Cabbage White of the year, flying over Shelbourne Street at Feltham.  At 4:45 pm there were three California Tortoiseshells hill-topping on the Mount Tolmie reservoir.  The same individuals as on March 20, or different?

   Ron Flower writes:  Today March 28 we went to the Prospect lake power line, west side, around noon and found two Sara Orangetips. No photo for they wouldn’t settle.

   Among the several tiny arthropods photographed by Scott Gilmore in Lantzville in the last few days was a velvet mite.  We are grateful to Ray Fisher and Heather Proctor of the University of Alberta for identification to probable genus level.  Ray Fisher writes:  Usually if I can’t see the “face” then I leave open the possibility for Microtrombidiidae. However, in this case, I strongly suspect Allothrombiinae, and probably Allothrombium.

Velvet mite, probably Allothrombium sp. (Acari:  Trombidiidae)  Scott Gilmore

 

Velvet mite, probably Allothrombium sp. (Acari:  Trombidiidae)  Scott Gilmore

 

   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:  After I had no success whatsoever for weeks with leaving my light on at night, this morning suddenly there was a bonanza: more than fifty moths on the wall and ceiling!

  What intrigues me no end is why there is all of a sudden this change in abundance.  The temperature at night is not much changed, below 10 degrees C.  Humidity not much changed – no rain but lots of dew on the grass in the morning.  The big maple tree next to the house is starting to bloom.  Could that be it?

   Jeremy Tatum comments:  No one seems to know why some nights are good moth nights and some aren’t.  Everyone seems to have his/her own theory.  As for maples, my experience is that very few moth caterpillars feed on maples – but perhaps the maple inflorescence coming in now may be attractive to adult moths.


Acerra normalis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Orthosia hibisci (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Egira crucialis/simplex (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Egira crucialis/simplex (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Egira crucialis/simplex (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Eupithecia probably olivacea  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Eupithecia ravocostaliata/nevadata (Lep.: Geomtridae)  Jochen Möhr

More Möhr tomorrow!

And thanks to Libby Avis for help with the identifications.

 

March 28 morning

2019 March 28 morning

 

   Rosemary Jorna sends photographs of a European Paper Wasp from Whiffin Spit, March 26.  She writes:  Tuesday seemed to be the day for wasps as there were several in our yard later that day along with my first butterfly sighting , a comma.

 

European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula (Hym.: Vespidae) Rosemary Jorna

 

European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula (Hym.: Vespidae) Rosemary Jorna

 

   Mark Wynja writes from Parksville:  Yesterday on Little Mountain in Parksville I tried to relocate the Oreas Comma with Mike Yip.  The Comma was a no show. I walked back to my vehicle and found a single Grey Hairstreak nectaring along the chain link fence across from the parking lot at 3:35pm on March 27.

Grey Hairstreak Strymon melinus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Mark Wynja

 

Grey Hairstreak Strymon melinus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Mark Wynja

 

   Ron Flower writes:  Yesterday March 27 we went back to the Goldstream River this afternoon and  found these two moths and we also saw another Mourning Cloak butterfly.


Archiaeris infans (Lep.: Geometridae)  Ron Flower

 


Enchoria lacteata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Ron Flower