2019 June 4
Jochen Möhr reports slim pickings from his Metchosin home in the last two days. Yesterday just an American Lappet Moth Phyllodesma americana (a fine moth anyway!), joined today by a Spotted Tiger Moth Lophocampa maculata.
Jeremy Tatum reports the emergence today of an Essex Skipper butterfly, from a caterpillar found at Panama Flats on May 17.
Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola (Lep.: Hesperiidae) Jeremy Tatum
Jeremy also sends the picture of a moth below, which is H. thestealis. The caterpillar of this one was found in mid-May near Cowichan Station, feeding on Fragaria vesca.
Herpetogramma thestealis (Lep.: Crambidae) Jeremy Tatum
Aziza Cooper writes: Today, June 4, I was with the VNHS Tuesday Group birders. We walked along Lochside Trail to Outerbridge Park and back by Blenkinsop Road. I saw:
Western Tiger Swallowtail – 4
Pale Tiger Swallowtail – 1
Mourning Cloak – 1
Cabbage White – 4
Jeremy Tatum writes: There were about eight Painted Ladies at the top of Mount Tolmie this evening.