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.

September 6 morning

2020 September 6 morning

 

   There are still Pine Whites to be seen in Metchosin and in the Kemp Lake area.  Yesterday  Jochen Möhr counted at least six from his Metchosin property  (that is, six seen simultaneously – though there could have been many more) and a further six elsewhere in Metchosin, while Rosemary Jorna photographed one in the Kemp Lake area:

 

Pine White Neophasia menapia (Lep.: Pieridae) Rosemary Jorna

 

Jochen also saw a Woodland Skipper, while Rosemary photographed the micro moth below:

 


Choreutis diana (Lep.: Choreutidae)  Rosemary Jorna

 

      Jochen’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

 

1 Alucita montana

1 Drepanulatrix sp.

2 Emmelina monodactyla 

1 Neoalcis californiaria 

1 Gazoryctra mathewi

 

   Gazoryctra mathewi  is a hepialid – we don’t get many of those!

 


Gazoryctra mathewi (Lep.: Hepialidae)  Jochen Möhr


Emmelina monodactyla (Lep.: Pterophoridae)   Jochen Möhr


Drepanulatrix secundaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

 

 

September 5 afternoon

2020 September 5 afternoon

 

Message from Gordon Hart:

 

Hello, Butterfly Enthusiasts,

I am sorry to say that we have decided to cancel the September Butterfly Walk. The hot dry weather is nice, but there are very few butterflies to be seen in Victoria, except for Cabbage Whites and Woodland Skippers. I hope by next spring we will have lots of butterflies and the worst of the pandemic will be past.

I still encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the weather this weekend. If you see an interesting insect or butterfly, try to take a picture and submit your sightings to the VNHS Invertebrate Alert: http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/?cat=8

Thanks,

Gordon 

 

Gordon Hart

Butterfly Count Coordinator

Victoria Natural History Society

 

  To which Jeremy Tatum adds:  Yes, by all means try to  take a picture – but a picture is not necessary for Invertebrate Alert – if you just see something of interest (and that includes any butterflies at all at this time of year) just let us know!

 

  Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

 

1 Eupithecia sp.

1 Lacinipolia pensilis

2 Neoalcis california 

1 Xestia finatimis complex sp.  

 


Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr




Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

   Ron Flower writes:  Today, Saturday September 5th, we went to Royal Roads University and in the lower walled garden we found many insects, I send these two to you. 

 

Paddle-tailed Darner Aeshna palmata (Odo.: Aeshnidae)  Ron Flower

 


Helophilus fasciatus (Dip.: Syrphidae)  Ron Flower

September 5 morning

2020 September 5 morning

 

Message from Gordon Hart:

 

Hello, Butterfly Enthusiasts,

I am sorry to say that we have decided to cancel the September Butterfly Walk. The hot dry weather is nice, but there are very few butterflies to be seen in Victoria, except for Cabbage Whites and Woodland Skippers. I hope by next spring we will have lots of butterflies and the worst of the pandemic will be past.

I still encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the weather this weekend. If you see an interesting insect or butterfly, try to take a picture and submit your sightings to the VNHS Invertebrate Alert: http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/?cat=8

Thanks,

Gordon 

 

Gordon Hart

Butterfly Count Coordinator

Victoria Natural History Society

 

  To which Jeremy Tatum adds:  Yes, by all means try to  take a picture – but a picture is not necessary for Invertebrate Alert – if you just see something of interest (and that includes any butterflies at all at this time of year) just let us know!

September 4

2020 September 4

 

   It has been a poor butterfly year, and there are almost none now in September, apart from a few Cabbage Whites.  I say “almost” none, for there are still a very few around.  Thus Jochen Möhr saw five Pine Whites simultaneously from his Metchosin property yesterday, as well as a Mourning Cloak, and Gordon Hart briefly saw a comma-like butterfly in his Highlands property, which, frustratingly, did not stay long enough to be identified.  He thought it was a little larger that a Green or Satyr Comma.  He also saw there a Cabbage White and a Woodland Skipper.

 

   Here is a male Pine White from Jochen’s property this morning. 

 

Pine White Neophasia menapia (Lep.: Pieridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

 

   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

 

1 Euxos difformis

1 Feltia jaculifera

1 Nemoria darwiniata

3 Neoalcis californiaria 

1 Xestia finatimis complex

 


Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Xestia xanthographa (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Nemoria darwiniata (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

 

   At his Highlands property on September 2 , Gordon Hart saw  2 Neoalcis californiaria and two Xanthorhoe sp.

September 3

2020 September 3

 

  Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

 

1 Alucita montana

2 Triphosa haesitata

1 Eupithecia sp.  

1 Neoalcis californiaria

1 Xanthorhoe defensaria

 



Triphosa haesitata (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr

 

   Lindsay Kruper sends a picture of a Yellow Woolly Bear from near Viaduct Flats yesterday:

 

Yellow Woolly Bear Spilosoma virginica (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Lindsay Kruper

 

  Jeremy Tatum shows a cocoon of  a Spotted Tiger Moth Lophocampa maculata from Swan Lake:

 


Lophocampa maculata (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Jeremy Tatum