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.

2021 July 26

2021 July 26

    Jochen Möhr sends a photograph of a Silver-spotted Tiger Moth from Metchosin this morning.

 

Silver-spotted Tiger Moth Lophocampa argentata (Lep.: Erebidae –Arctiinae)  Jochen Möhr

 

      Kirsten Mills writes:  Jeff Gaskin and I went to Mount Washington today, July 26th, and we saw what we think is an Arctic Blue.   Yes, indeed, responds Jeremy Tatum – a male Arctic Blue.   And a very nice upperside and underside to make identification so much easier.  I do like your new camera.  Well done!

Male Arctic Blue Agriades glandon (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Kirsten Mills


Male Arctic Blue Agriades glandon (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Kirsten Mills

   Jeremy  Tatum writes:  It is easy to record the first occurrence in the year of a particular butterfly species – but it is not so easy to record the last.   There are still Tiger Swallowtails and Lorquin’s Admirals to be seen – I saw a Western Tiger Swallowtail and a Lorquin’s Admiral at Swan Lake today, and another Lorquin’s Admiral at UVic – but their numbers are beginning to dwindle, so we encourage observers to continue to record them, especially into August.