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.

May 23 morning

2018 May 23 morning

 

   Ron Flower writes:  Yesterday May 22 Nora and I went to Island View Beach and found two Anise Swallowtails at the boat ramp,  a Tiger Swallowtail and numerous Ringlets in the back field. Then we stopped at Eddy’s storage and found at least a dozen very active Field Crescents.

 

Field Crescent Phyciodes pratensis (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Ron Flower

 

 

Field Crescent Phyciodes pratensis (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Ron Flower

 

   Sheryl Falls writes:  Several (at least 3) Cinnabar moths Tyria jacobaeae  at Harewood Plains, Nanaimo, on May 21.

 

Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Sheryl Falls

 

   While viewers have correctly interpreted my exhortation  to “concentrate their attention on the less frequently photographed species” as meaning “please do not flood me with dozens of photographs of Cabbage Whites and the like” during the conference, I was not to get off so lightly.  I was engaged in an earnest discussion last night with a Victoria astronomer on the latest trends in astrophysics, when she changed the subject and told me that she had lots of Cabbage White caterpillars on her cabbages.  She did not want to kill the poor things, but she did not want them to eat her cabbages, and would I kindly deal with the problem.  I haven’t ever revealed my interest in caterpillars to my very professional colleagues, so I don’t know which Invert Alert viewer must have tattle-taled.  Anyway, the outcome is that, instead of being flooded with dozens of photographs of Cabbage Whites, I am now to be flooded with dozens of Cabbage White caterpillars.  I am going to have to sneak out of the conference and place them carefully on one of the several other species of wild Brassicaceae that grow on the Saanich peninsula and on which I know the caterpillars will feed.  J

   Anyway, keep on sending observations and photographs – though expect some delays during this conference week.   Jeremy

 

May 22

2018 May 22

 

   Jody Wells sends photographs of dragonflies from Welch Road (Martindale Flats, Central Saanich).

 

Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis  (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Jody Wells

 

Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis  (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Jody Wells

 

Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Jody Wells

 

 

   Kirsten Mills sends a photograph of a Cedar Hairstreak Gordon and Anne-Marie Hart’s Highlands property.

 

Cedar Hairstreak Mitoura rosneri (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Kirsten Mills

 

  Jeff Gaskin  writes:  Today, May 22, I found the  following Ringlets :  4 at Quick’s Bottom,74 at Layritz Park, and 9 at the Horticultural Center/Viaduct flats. That’s a total of 87 –  quite a number , hey Jeremy.

 

   More in the queue – whenever I can squeeze some time away from the conference.  Patience!

May 21 evening

2018 May 21 evening

 

    More Möhr moths from Metchosin:

 


Perizoma curvilinea (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

 


Perizoma curvilinea (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

 


Gluphisia severa (Lep.: Notodontidae) Jochen Möhr

 


Nadata gibbosa (Lep.: Notodontidae) Jochen Möhr

 

 


Selenia alciphearia (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

   The West Coast form of the following spectacular hawk moth is treated by some authorities as a separate species Smerinthus ophthalmica.  Here, for better or worse, I retain the name Smerinthus cerisyi.


Smerinthus cerisyi (Lep.: Sphingidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Smerinthus cerisyi (Lep.: Sphingidae)  Jochen Möhr

 

 

 

  On the butterfly front, Gordon Hart, just back from a visit to Ontario, reports that he has Cedar Hairstreaks, Western Spring Azures, Green Comma and Pale Tiger Swallowtails in his Highlands yard.

 

   Ron Flower sends photographs of a Silvery Blue from the Colwood turn-off, and a Satyr Comma from Goldstream Park, May 17.  Satyr Commas, formerly common, have become quite rare in  the last two years, so it is reassuring to know that there are still a few about.

 

Silvery Blue Glaucopsyche lygdamus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Ron Flower

 

Silvery Blue Glaucopsyche lygdamus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Ron Flower

 

Male Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Ron Flower

 

Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Ron Flower

May 21 morning

2018 May 21 morning

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  From Tuesday until Saturday inclusive this week I shall be heavily involved with the Canadian Astronomical Society meeting in Victoria.  Consequently there may be some delays in posting Invert Alert contributions.  By all means continue to submit your observations and photographs, though it would be helpful if photographers would, during these few days, concentrate their attention on the less frequently photographed species.  Thank you.

 

   Erratum:  In the posting of May 20 evening, I had incorrectly labelled a snakefly.  This has now been corrected.

 

    On May 19 Andrew Simon photographed a jumping spider on Galiano Island.  We are thankful to Sean McCann for confirming its identification as Metaphidippus manni.

 


Metaphidippus manni (Ara.: Salticidae) Andrew Simon

 


Metaphidippus manni (Ara.: Salticidae) Andrew Simon

 

 

   Here are some moths photographed by Jochen Möhr in Metchosin, and identified for us by Libby Avis.

 


Pero behrensaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Pero (probably behrensaria)  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Sabulodes aegrotata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Spilosoma virginica (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae) Jochen Möhr

 


Hydriomena (californiata or marinata)(Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr

 


Plagodis pulveraria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

More in the queue this evening…

 

 

 

 

May 20 evening

2018 May 20 evening

 

   Andrew Simon and Scott and Sable Gilmore, while conducting a mini bioblitz on Galiano Island yesterday, came across two snakeflies, which hey have identified as Agulla sp. (probably A. adnixa) on a Garry Oak.   The one with the long ovipositor is a female; in the words of Oscar Wilde is another context, the other isn’t.

Male snakefly Agulla (maybe adnixa) (Raph.:  Raphidiidae)  Andrew Simon

Female snakefly Agulla (maybe adnixa) (Raph.:  Raphidiidae)  Andrew Simon

Female snakefly Agulla (maybe adnixa) (Raph.:  Raphidiidae)  Andrew Simon

 

Female snakefly

 Agulla (maybe adnixa) (Raph.:  Raphidiidae)

  Andrew Simon

    Jeremy Tatum writes:   Today, at Munn  Road, Bill Savale and I saw our first Lorquin’s Admiral of the year.

Also there were a few Moss’s Elfins and Cedar Hairstreaks.

 

More in the queue for tomorrow…