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.

March 10

2015 March 10

 

   Colin Franks sends a photo of a comma from Dickson Avenue, North Saanich.   I’ll label it as a Satyr Comma – but if anyone thinks it might be another one, please let us know!   Although it is a well-photographed species, please keep sending good photos of them – we need more practice and experience in identifying them and distinguishing them from the other commas.

 

Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Colin Franks

March 08

2015 March 8

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Here is a batch of eggs, found in North Saanich yesterday, of the Vapourer Moth Orgyia antiqua, also known as the Rusty Tussock Moth.  Also an ichneumon wasp from my Saanich apartment today, identified by Scott Gilmore as a species of Ophion.

 

Vapourer Moth Orgyia antiqua (Lep.: Erebidae – Lymantriinae) Jeremy Tatum

Ichneumon wasp Ophion sp.  (Hym.: Ichneumonidae) Jeremy Tatum

 

 

  Jeff Gaskin writes:  Saturday March 7, there was a Mourning Cloak on Forshaw Road at Rhoda Lane on the Esquimalt side of the Gorge. This was near Esquimalt Gorge Park.

 

  Gordon Hart writes:  On Saturday March 7 in our yard, I saw the orange and black moth

Archiearis infans again. Besides that one, I saw two Epirrhoe plebeculata and I got a picture of an even smaller geometrid with brown and black patterning.  We also saw at least two Satyr Commas and I think the Green Comma as well. I also saw my first Cabbage White of the year.

 

  Jeremy Tatum responds:  All three moths that Gordon mentions are early day-flying geometrids, although Archiearis is far from typical, the caterpillar having three pairs of mid-abdominal prolegs. It feeds on alder, and needs bark on which to pupate.  Gordon’s smaller – and very pretty – geometrid is Enchoria lacteata.  I have never found the caterpillar, but it is reputed to feed upon Miner’s Lettuce. 

 

Archiearis infans (Lep.: Geometridae) Gordon Hart

 

Enchoria lacteata (Lep.: Geometridae) Gordon Hart

 

 

  Jeremy adds:  I, too, saw my first Cabbage White today, at Lamont Road in Central Saanich, as, too, did Bill Katz, who photographed this one on Summit Hill.

 

 

Cabbage White Pieris rapae (Lep.: Pieridae)   Bill Katz.

 

 

 

March 6

2015 March 6

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Here is an Orthosia hibisci from my Saanich apartment this morning.

Orthosia hibisci (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jeremy Tatum

March 5

2015 March 5

 

   Bill Katz found an Egira curialis at the dockyard on March 4.

 

  

   Egira curialis (Lep.: Noctuidae)    Bill Katz