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 (tatumjb352@gmail.com). 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.

2022 October 19 evening

2022 October 19 evening

    We have here a moth, photographed a Swan Lake by Dr Cara Gibson, and a camel cricket by Ian Cooper along the Galloping Goose Trail.

Erannis vancouverensis/defoliaria  (Lep.: Geometridae) Cara Gibson

Camel cricket Pristoceuthophilus sp. (Orth.: Rhaphidophoridae)  Ian Cooper

2022 October 19 morning

2022 October 19 morning

    Autumn officially started on September 22 – but, in case anyone is in doubt, here is an Autumnal Moth from Jochen Möhr in Metchosin:

Epirrita autumnata  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

Mike Yip photographed this woolly bear in Nanoose Bay:

Lophocampa roseata (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae) Mike Yip

 

 

2022 October 18

2022 October 18

    Jeremy Tatum writes:  Apologies – no Invert Alert yesterday, October 17 – my computer was down all day, but is better today.

   Several viewers have noticed that my old web “book” on Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island has been unavailable for a while.  It was originally hosted by Furman University (South Carolina) and managed there by Dr John Snyder.  Earlier this year its time with Furman expired, but Dr Snyder was able to rescue a copy and send it to me by mail on a flash drive, which I forwarded to Claudia Copley.  Since then Claudia successfully prevailed upon the expertise of Adam Taylor to restore it to the Internet, and it can now be reached as a VNHS document at

http://vicnhs.bc.ca/lepsvi/index.htm

  On my computer, I find that control + inner click works.

  I have not updated or edited it in any way, and as far as I can see it is exactly as it used to be.  The taxonomy used in the site is as it was before the overhaul of the Noctuoidea a few years ago.  Since then, the new family Erebidae has been erected, which includes the former Lymantriidae and Arctiidae and a large section of the former Noctuidae as subfamilies. The new taxomomy is used in InvertebrateAlert.

  The first page of the site still carries the words “This electronic book is housed at Furman University. Comments on layout and accessibility should be directed to the book’s webmaster, John Snyder.  All rights reserved!”   This is no longer the case , and so please don’t send comments  on layout or accessibilityto Furman or to John.  We must thank them both (indeed I have done so) for looking after the site for so many years.

   Val George (Oak Bay) and Jochen Möhr (Metchosin) send photographs of some moths:

Dysstroma citrata (Lep.: Geometridae) Val George

 

Tetracis jubararia (Lep.: Geometridae)  Val George

 

Tetracis jubararia (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

Tetracis jubararia (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

Thera juniperata (Lep.: Geometridae)

 

Acleris rhombana (Lep.: Tortricidae)  Jochen Möhr

   Cheryl Hoyle and Ian Cooper, both in View Royal, send photographs of a variety of invertebrate creatures:

Acleris rhombana (Lep.: Tortricidae)  Cheryl Hoyle

 

Female European Earwig Forficula auricularia (Derm.: Forficulidae) Cheryl Hoyle

 

Malacocoris chlorizans (Hem.: Miridae) Cheryl Hoyle

   Ian Cooper comments that, at this time of year, when many of the larger “celebrity” invertebrates are done for the year as autumn settles in, “so many unsung heroes of the invertebrate realm toil away in darkness, mostly unnoticed and unappreciated, pursuing their respective quests in obscurity, undaunted denizens of the night.”  (We might add, writes Jeremy Tatum, that, to obtain these photographs, Ian  must also toil away in darkness, though we hope that his work in not unnoticed and unappreciated.)

 

Unidentified aphidid (Hem.: Aphididae)  Ian Cooper

 

Nebria brevicollis (Col.: Carabidae) Ian Cooper

 

Armadillidium vulgare (Isopoda: Oniscidae)

 

Philoscia muscorum (Isopoda: Philosciidae)  Ian Cooper

 

Metellina sp.: (Ara.: Tetragnathidae)  Ian Cooper

 

Metellina sp.: (Ara.: Tetragnathidae)  Ian Cooper

 

Crane Fly (Dip.: Tipulidae)  Ian Cooper

 

2022 October 16

2022 October 16

    Jeremy Tatum shows a a photograph of Drepanulatrix secundaria from his Saanich apartment this morning.

 

         Drepanulatrix secundaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jeremy Tatum

2022 October 14

2022 October 14

    Jeff Gaskin writes:  Today, October 14, I found two Orange Sulphurs in the Martindale valley.  One was along Island View Road. near Puckle Road,  and the other was by McIntyre Road reservoir.  Both appeared very bright orange/yellow so I would presume they were Orange Sulphurs.

    Also, in the Island View/ McHugh/McIntyre Road corridor I counted 35 Cabbage Whites.