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 18

2015 May 18

 

   Cynthia Brossard writes:  Haven’t seen one of these beautiful creatures in forever.  It is on the front steps of my house by Langford Lake.

Polyphemus Moth Antheraea polyphemus (Lep.: Saturniidae) Cynthia Brossard

 

   Aziza Cooper writes:  Two dark males and one paler female Cedar Hairstreak seen on Sunday at the railroad tracks near the Goldstream campground.

Cedar Hairstreak Mitoura rosneri (Lep.: Lycaenidae) Aziza Cooper


Cedar Hairstreak Mitoura rosneri (Lep.: Lycaenidae) Aziza Cooper

Cedar Hairstreak Mitoura rosneri (Lep.: Lycaenidae) Aziza Cooper

 

 

   Aziza writes: I saw a single Silvery Blue on Sunday afternoon along the Galloping Goose trail. It was at a lupin patch near the Colwood exit, where Craigflower meets Sooke Road. Easiest access is to park at the east end of Atkins Road and walk east for 1/2 block.

Silvery Blue Glaucopsyche lygdamus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Aziza Cooper

Silvery Blue Glaucopsyche lygdamus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Aziza Cooper

 

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  It seems to be a good weekend for lycaenids.  Yesterday I saw one each of Western Brown Elfin, Moss’s Elfin and Grey Hairstreak along the Pathfinder trail at Munn Road, and of course several Western Spring Azures.  And today, Monday May 18, there are still hilltopping nymphalids on the Mount Tolmie reservoir in the late afternoon – Mourning Cloak, Painted Lady, West Coast Lady.