2021 June 16 afternoon
Here’s a varied selection of insects that came in during the last few days while Invert Alert has been having computer problems.
A fly caught in mid-hover at 1/3000 second by Gordon Hart. Jeremy Tatum writes that in the original version of this posting, he had wrongly identified it as a probable Eristalis (Syrphidae). We are grateful to Claudia Copley for pointing out that it is actually a tabanid of the genus Hybomitra. Coincidentally, Jeremy Tatum saw a similar one in Goldstream Park on July 11. It was remarkable how accurately it hovered every bit as well as a syrphid. The Syrphidae include the attractive flower flies and hover flies (and a few less attractive ones such as the Narcissus Bulb Fly). The Tabanidae include horse flies and other very painful biting flies.
Hybomitra sp. (Dip.: Tabanidae) Gordon Hart
A Cardinal Meadowhawk in characteristic pose at Panama Flats:
Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum (Odo.: Libellulidae) Gordon Hart
A male Purplish Copper at Goldstream River, May 29, photographed by Ron Flower.
Male Purplish Copper Lycaena helloides (Lep.: Lycaenidae)
The first reported Essex Skipper of the season, seen by Val George at Cowichan Bay, June 14.
Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola (Lep.: Hesperiidae) Val George
A long-horned beetle seen on Yarrow by Leah Ramsay. Thanks to Scott Gilmore for the identification.
Toxoleptura vexatrix (Col.: Cerambycidae) Leah Ramsay
A hawk moth that we don’t often see, photographed by Jochen Möhr in Metchosin.
Paonias excaecata (Lep.: Sphingidae) Jochen Möhr