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.

April 29

2021 April 29

 

   Jochen Möhr’s moths from  Metchosin this morning.  Thanks to Libby Avis, as ever, for identifications.

Jeremy Tatum writes:  According to the Index, we’ve had the first of these only once before on this site – and I can’t find the image!  Libby tells us that it is associated with oaks.

 


Meganola minuscula (Lep.: Nolidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Sabulodes aegrotata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

American Lappet Moth Phyllodesma americana (Lep.: Lasiocampidae)  Jochen Möhr

 

                      


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

   Ron Flower writes: Out at the Goldstream River today April 29th, I got this shot of a water strider and a surprise visit from a Pale Tiger Swallowtail. Seems early to me for them? What do you think? Also at the Munn Road power line we saw many Western Spring Azures and a fly-by of a comma.

 

  Jeremy Tatum writes: We usually have to wait until May for Pale Tiger Swallowwtails, but in 2016 the first was on April 21, and in 2015 the first was on April 19.

 

Pale Tiger Swallowtail  Papilio eurymedon (Lep.: Papilionidae) Ron Flower

 

Water Strider (Hem.: Gerridae)  Ron Flower

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  This afternoon I saw a Satyr Comma (my first of the season) and two Mourning Cloaks along the Lochside trail north of Blenkinsop Lake.

April 28 evening

   2021 April 28 evening

 

   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:  The Phyllodesma americana is still here and alive.  It was joined by a Cissusa indiscreta.

 

 


Cissusa indiscreta (Lep.: Erebidae – Erebinae)  Jochen Möhr

 



Cissusa indiscreta (Lep.: Erebidae – Erebinae)  Jochen Möhr

 

April 28 morning

2021 April 28 morning

 

   Gordon Usipiuk sends a photograph of a colour variety of Coryphista meadii from  Colwood, near the east side of Havenwood Park, on 27 April.

 


Coryphista meadii (Lep.: Geometridae)  Gordon Usipiuk

 

   Regular viewers of this site may have noted that from time to time we have had great difficulty distinguishing between this species and Triphosa haesitata, and will wonder why, since Gordon’s moth is very distinct and looks nothing at all like T. haesitataC. meadii has several very distinct colour varieties, and it is only one of these varieties (a very common one) that closely resembles T. haesitata.  Notice that the fourth tooth on the outer margin of the hindwing is much smaller that the other teeth – a feature that is useful  when we are struggling to distinguish between the two species.  The larval foodplant of Coryphista meadii  is Mahonia.

April 27

2021 April 27

 

   After our recent hot spell, we are back to coolish wettish weather, and butterflies have become scarce again.  Thus Rosemary Jorna saw only one butterfly during a five-hour hike in the Sooke Hills yesterday.  It was her first-of-the-year Western Spring Azure, at Stone Pipe near Mary Vine Creek:

 

Western Spring Azure Celastrina echo (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Rosemary Jorna

 

   Same with moths – Jochen Möhr had only one moth at his Metchosin home this morning – Venusia  obsoleta/pearsalli:

 


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

 

April 26

2021 April 26

 

    Jochen Möhr sends this photograph from Metchosin this morning.  Jeremy Tatum writes:  We usually put this one down as Eupithecia ravocostaliata/nevadata, but this time Jochen asked if differentiation was possible.  Well, Libby Avis and I did our best, but unfortunately it resulted in a split vote!   So, ravo/neva  it will have to remain!

 


Eupithecia ravocostaliata/nevadata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr