2016 May 5
Aziza Cooper writes
On Sunday, May 1, about a dozen butterfliers, led by Gordon Hart, gathered at Mount Tolmie for the monthly butterfly walk. The weather was perfect: warm and sunny. We visited four sites and saw a total of 12 species.
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Lupin patch next to Sooke Road at Highway 1 overpass:
Silvery Blue – 6 or more
Red Admiral (flyby)
Munn Road powerlines:
Brown Elfin (including an egg on a Gaultheria calyx)
Gordon Hart’s home, Blue Valley Road:
Mount Tolmie, 4pm:
The Silvery Blues gave a wonderful show, with a female on a lupin and two males perched or flying around her. We saw the tiny white eggs on the lupin heads.
To which Jeremy Tatum adds one more species – though unfortunately a deceased one. One or two of us saw, near the Silvery Blue location, an ant dragging a dead Moss’s Elfin along the sidewalk.
Annie Pang sends a photograph, taken yesterday, of a potter wasp. Thanks to Matthias Buck for the identification.
Potter wasp Ancistrocerus sp. (Hym.: Vespidae) Annie Pang
Rosemary Jorna sends a picture of a bee [which I believe is a Honey Bee – Jeremy] from Scafe Hill, May 5.
Honey Bee Apis mellifera (Hym.: Apidae) Rosemary Jorna
Jody Wells sends a picture of a Pale Tiger Swallowtail.
Jeremy Tatum writes: I saw two Red Admirals and a Western Tiger Swallowtail (only my second this year) along the Lochside Trail north of Blenkinsop Lake today. I also met Mike and Barbara McGrenere, who said that they had just seen two Mourning Cloaks along the same trail. But still no Satyr Comma. As Enrico Fermi said, in a different context: Where are they?
And now, three interesting beetles. Enoclerus eximius found by Nathan Fisk on the maples backing Esquimalt Lagoon.
Enoclerus eximius (Col.: Cleridae) Nathan Fisk
And two found by Libby Avis. Of the first, Libby writes: Anisosticta bitriangularis, the Marsh Lady Beetle. A very small ladybird – only about 3-4mm. We have never seen this before, but found several in a wet meadow. Taken on May 1st in the Alberni Valley.
And for this one, Libby writes: Ribbed Pine Borer, Rhagium inquisitor. Found on newly felled Douglas Fir also in the Alberni Valley on May 1st. Have seen this before in the interior, but this is the first one for us on the island.