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.

October 3

2019 October 3

 

   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

 

 

1 Hypena californica

1 Lithomoia germana 

2 Pleromelloida cinerea

3 Tetracis jubararia/pallulata

1 Drepanulatix sp.

2 Dryotype opina

October 2

2019 October 2

[Sorry to be posting this so early in the day – I’m not expecting to be back at the computer again today.  Jeremy]

 

Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin, October 1 and 2:

October 1

1 Dryotype opina

1 Lithomoia germana

2 Pleromelloida cinerea 

October 2

2 Drepanulatrix sp.

2 Dryotype opina

1 Ennomos magnaria

1 Hypena californica

1 Lithomoia germana

2 Pleromelloida cinerea 

1 Tetracis jubararia/pallulata

 


Dryotype opina (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Xanthorhoe defensaria (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

 

 

   Jeremy Tatum sends a photograph of a moth reared from a caterpillar found on Gumweed at Island View Beach, where the moth was released this morning.

 


Cucullia montanae (Lep.: Noctuidae)  JeremyTatum

 

 

 

 

October 1

2019 October 1

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:

 

    Because of a computer glitch, I was not able to post an Invert Alert on September 30.  This one combines September 30 and October 1.

 

    Erratum:  A tentative Schizura was misidentified on the Septemmber 26 Alert.  See September 26 for details.

 

  Here’s a caterpillar of the Spotted Tiger Moth Lophocampa maculata from Aylard Farm on September 29.  The head is at the  bottom.

 


Lophocampa maculata (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae) Jeremy Tatum

 

   On September 30, I saw about half-a-dozen or so Cabbage Whites between Martindale and Island View Roads.   Will we see any butterflies in October?  Sulphurs have been known to appear in October.  There’s still a chance of some moth caterpillars – October is the month for the Banded Woolly Bear.  Panama Flats is a good location for these.

 

Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin, October 1:

 

1 Triphosa haesitata

1 Drepanulatrix sp. 

1 Dryotype opina

1 Ennomos magnaria 

1 Lithomoia germana 

1 Plemyria georgii

2 Pleromelloida cinerea

1 Tetracis jubararia or pallulata

1 Platyptilia carduidactylus

 

   Jochen writes: Because it is the last day of the month, here is the total tally for my September observations on one wall.  They are numbers of observations, not of individuals, because I have no control over which individuals are observed numerous times.  For instance, I am sure all five observations of  Lithomoia germana  are of the same individual.  There is no way of knowing how many individuals are covered by the species for which there are many observations.  

 

374 observations 

covering 

36 species

 



Platyptilia carduidactylus (Lep.: Pterophoridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Plemyria georgii (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

 



Triphosa haesitata  (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

 

 

  At Press time:  Jeremy Tatum writes:  A few Cabbage Whites still flying around several agricultural fields in Central Saanich today, October 1 – so we do have some October butterflies!

 

September 29

2019 September 29

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Here is a caterpillar of the Rough Prominent Nadata gibbosa.  It is usually found on oak, but I have occasionally found it on alder, as here, from near Esquimalt Lagoon.

 


Nadata gibbosa (Lep.: Notodontidae)  Jeremy Tatum

 

The mandibles of Nadata gibbosa are yellow:

 


Nadata gibbosa (Lep.: Notodontidae)  Jeremy Tatum

 

   Jochen  Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

 

1 Dryotype opina

1 Ennomos magnaria

1 Noctua pronuba

4 Pleromelloida cinerea

1 Schizura ipomoeae

1 Tetracis jubararia / pallulata

 

September 28

2019 September 29

 

   Jochen Möhr sends photographs, taken yesterday in Metchosin, of three individuals of the large geometrid moth Ennomos magnaria.

 


Ennomos magnaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Ennomos magnaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Ennomos magnaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

Jochen’s moths from Metchosin this morning, no photographs taken:

 

1 Dryotype opina

5 Ennomos magnaria

1 Noctua pronuba

8 Pleromelloida cinerea

1 Schizura ipomoeae

1 Sunira decipiens

2 Tetracis jubararia/pallulata

 

   Jeff Gaskin writes:  On September 26, Kirsten Mills tells me that she saw a California Tortoiseshell and two Painted Ladies on the concrete reservoir on Mount Tolmie.  She was there just before 5 p.m.

   Jeremy Tatum saw two Cabbage Whites on Anchorage Road, Esquimalt, today, September 28.