2019 September 25
A nice surprise – several late-season (September 24) nymphalids! –
Gordon Hart writes, from the Highlands: Anne-Marie saw a butterfly land in the apple tree – so I grabbed my camera and ran out to have a look. I managed a couple of pictures of a California Tortoiseshell, and then, while waiting for it to reappear, I noticed a Red Admiral on the Buddleia flowers. I also photographed a syrphid fly on some fall Asters. [Jeremy Tatum writes: The fly was identified for us – within minutes! – by Dr Jeff Skevington, in Ottawa!]
And Mike McGrenere writes, from Cordova Bay: Barb and I watched a Satyr Comma land on the sunny stucco of our house this afternoon. It was there for about 30 seconds then flew off.
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Gordon Hart
California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Gordon Hart
Hover fly Helophilus fasciatus (Dip.: Syrphidae) Gordon Hart
Jeff Gaskin writes: I have only been seeing Cabbage Whites lately with 10 being seen today. However, Kirsten Mills tells me that today, September 25, she saw another Lorquin’s Admiral at Panama Flats near the grey shed. She also found 2 Painted Ladies : 1 at Cedar Hill Middle School, and 1 near Doncaster Elementary School. She saw 14 Cabbage Whites at Panama Flats, and another 30 Cabbage Whites elsewhere.
Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:
2 Drepanulatrix sp.
1 Ennomos magnaria
1 Euxoa sp.
1 Feltia jaculifera
1 Noctua pronuba
1 Dryotype opina
8 Pleromelloida cinerea
1 Sunira decipiens
1 Tetracis sp.
Euxoa difformis (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Dryotype opina (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Feltia jaculifera (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr