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.

February 15

2015 February 15

 

   First butterfly of the year!   (Or at least the first that Invert Alert has heard of).  Ann Nightingale saw, and photographed upper- and underside of, a Satyr Comma on Channel Ridge on Salt Spring Island, with Ian Cruickshank and Karen Ferguson, on February 14.   In case anyone is wondering – no, I didn’t inadvertently post the photo upside down.  Commas often rest head down.  And, by the way – it’s a boy!   (Females have a more uniform and less scribbly underside.)      Jeremy Tatum

Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Ann Nightingale

Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Ann Nightingale