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 12

2020 March 12 morning

 

    Butterflies!!

 

   Les Peterson sends a photograph of a Satyr Comma  from Swan Lake Nature House, and Kirsten Mills sends a photograph of a California Tortoiseshell from Mount Tolmie, both March 11.

 

Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Les Peterson

 

California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica (Lep.: Nymphalidae

Kirsten Mills

March 11

2020 March 11

 

  Gordon Hart sends a photograph of an Oak Winter Highflier Hydriomena nubilofasciata  from outside the Swan Lake Nature House, March 10.

 

Oak Winter Highflier Hydriomena nubilofasciata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Gordon Hart

   Jochen Möhr found a nice little snail on his deck in Metchosin.  Thanks to Claudia Copley for identifying it as a Pacific Sideband (once known as the Faithful Snail) Monadenia fidelis.

 

Pacific Sideband Monadenia fidelis (Pul.: Bradybaenidae)   Jochen Möhr

Pacific Sideband Monadenia fidelis (Pul.: Bradybaenidae)   Jochen Möhr

 

March 10 morning

2020 March 10 morning

 

   Mr E sends a photograph of a midge on March 8.  Jeremy Tatum writes:  I cannot be sure whether this is a non-biting midge of the Family Chironomidae or a phantom midge of the Family Chaoboridae, although I am leaning fairly strongly toward the latter.  Whichever it is, the plumed antennae show that it is a male. Neither Family bites.

 

Probably a phantom midge (Dip.: Chaoboridae)  Mr E

 

   He also sends two photographs of a moth from Brentwood Bay, March 8. Jeremy Tatum writes:  I think this is Eupithecia annulata or E. olivacea,  a frustrating pair of pugs that, despite our best efforts, neither Libby Avis nor I always feel able to determine with total certainty.

 


Eupithecia annulata/olivacea  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Mr E

 


Eupithecia annulata/olivacea  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Mr E

    Gordon Hart writes from the Highlands:  Even though we had a heavy frost yesterday morning, Monday, March 9, it was much warmer by early afternoon when we saw a Comma sp. fly by. We saw it twice but at a distance and flying, so I was unable to get a photo. By size and colour, I thought it was a Satyr Comma, which I have seen in early March in other years here. The Purple Heather had several species of bees and flies today as well, including the early Black-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus melanopygus, and Yellow-faced Bumblebee, B. vosnesenskii.  I have attached a photo of B. vosnesenskii, and a Drone Fly Eristalis tenax perched nearby.

 

Yellow-faced Bumblebee Bombus vosnesenskii (Hym.: Apidae)  Gordon Hart

 

Drone Fly Eristalis tenax (Dip.: Syrphidae)  Gordon Hart

March 7

2020 March 7

 

   Yesterday Jochen Möhr photographed a micro moth in Metchosin,  and this morning he photographed a handsome noctuid, which he identified as Acerra normalisLibby Avis gives what she describes as a “VERY tentative” identification of the micro as Epinotia emarginana, although, writes Jeremy Tatum, I’m going to label it “probable” rather than merely “possible”.  I think Libby probably has it right!

Probably Epinotia emarginana (Lep.: Tortricidae)

Jochen Möhr


Acerra normalis (Lep.: Noctuidae)   Jochen Möhr


Acerra normalis (Lep.: Noctuidae)   Jochen Möhr

 

March 5

2020 March 5

 

   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:  This morning 8 Eupithecias and 1 Hydriomena manzanita.  I took the ragged wing edges for the effects of some damage, perhaps from a bird’s beak. 

 


Hydriomena manzanita (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr