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.

2021 October 31

2021 October 31

     Jeremy Tatum writes:   Nothing very exciting to report today, but I saw a Cabbage White today flying over Fort Street in downtown Victoria.    Now the obvious question:  Is it possible to see a butterfly in southern Vancouver Island in November?  We shall wait and see.

2021 October 30

2021 October 30

    Aziza Cooper sends two photographs of one of our most productive and exciting butterfly locales  – McIntyre reservoir, Central Saanich  –  as it was yesterday, October 29.

 

McIntyre reservoir        Aziza Cooper

McIntyre reservoir        Aziza Cooper

 

Apparently the butterfly season isn’t quite over yet.  Kirsten Mills and Aziza Cooper have both seen  Cabbage Whites recently.  Kirsten saw and photographed one at Muir Creek on October 28.  Aziza saw three near McIntyre reservoir on October 29.  Kirsten also saw a Lady (Vanessa sp.) at Jordan River on October 28, but was unable to be certain of the exact species.)

 

Cabbage White  Pieris rapae (Lep.: Pieridae)   Kirsten Mills

 

And Aziza photographed a drone fly near the reservoir on October 29:

 

Drone fly Eristalis sp. (probably tenax) (Dip.: Syrphidae)  Aziza Cooper

 

2021 October 29

2021 October 29

    Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:  After another ten day hiatus – with rainy and stormy days and nights – finally one Epirrita autumnata.

Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

2021 October 27

2021 October 27

    Val George writes:  Yesterday, October 26, there were two Autumnal Moths Epirrita autumnata on the walls of the nature house at Goldstream Park.

Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Val George

2021 October 18

2021 October 18

    Aziza Cooper writes:  Friday, October 15, this creature was in my home, and I removed it in a jar. Sorry I’m not bold enough to try to take it out.   Jeremy Tatum replies:  You may safely let it out.  It is not aggressive and it won’t attack you.   I’d be inclined not to let it crawl around on your hand.  It has a strong and sharp rostrum.  If you are not sure what its rostrum is, let it crawl on your hand, and you will soon find out.

Western Conifer Seed Bug Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hem.: Coreidae)   Aziza Cooper