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.

2023 October 22

2023 October 22

   There are still a few Cabbage Whites around.  Les Peterson saw one yesterday, October 21, in North Saanich.  And Jeff Gaskin and Kirsten Mills saw five in various Saanich locations today, October 22.  Jeremy Tatum, Saanich.

2023 October 21

2023 October 21

   Jeff Gaskin writes:  At Swan Lake this afternoon, October 21, there was one and possibly two Paddle-tailed Darners and one Banded Woolly Bear caterpillar Pyrrharctia isabella.

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  October is the month for Banded Woolly Bears.  I have seen several at Swan Lake in the last few days.  In past years they have been abundant at Panama Flats – it might be worth a look there.  Unfortunately, people seem to stamp on them for some reason.

2023 October 20

2023 October 20

   Les Peterson saw a Cabbage White at Panama Flats today.

2023 October 19

2023 October 19

  There are still a (very) few Cabbage Whites around.   Wendy and Gerry Ansell report one from Martindale this afternoon, and Jeff Gaskin found one in the Burnside/Gorge neighbourhood.

Jochen Möhr sends photographs of moths from Metchosin.  We start with photographs of two thorn moths, Tetracis sp.  The more photographs I see of Tetracis pallulata/jubararia, writes Jeremy Tatum, the less confident I am in identifying them.  I label each of them “probably” – but they could both be wrong!

Tetracis (probably jubararia)  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Tetracis (probably pallulata)  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Thera juniperata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Thera juniperata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

Val George reports a Tetracis from the Goldstream Nature House, October 18, unfortunately out of camera range.  He did manage, however, to photograph an Autumnal Moth there:

Epirrata autumnata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Val George

 

2023 October 18

2023 October 18

   Jeff Gaskin writes that he and Kirsten Mills have been seeing the occasional Cabbage White on most days, including today, when there was one in the Burnside/Gorge neighbourhood.  Kirsten also saw a possible Vanessa sp. on October 16, so it is still worthwhile to keep a look-out for butterflies.