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What

Small Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 30, 2018 11:26 PM PDT

Description

ID:
The darkest marking is in the middle of the wing, not at the costa as in Protoboarmia porcelaria, and lacks the short dark streak near where the antemedian line reaches the costa.
Came to light.
One of my favourite moth species.

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What

Western Carpet Melanolophia imitata

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 30, 2018 11:30 PM PDT

Description

ID:
Spotted black subterminal line unlike canadaria or Ectropis crepuscularia, and a small black discal spot.

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What

Pug Moths Genus Eupithecia

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 30, 2018 11:22 PM PDT

Description

Came to light.

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What

Pug Moths Genus Eupithecia

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 30, 2018 11:25 PM PDT

Description

Came to light.

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Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 30, 2018 11:21 PM PDT

Description

Abundant. Came to light.
ID:
Not V. cambrica (found at same location) because this individual lacks the triangular-shaped spots at the trailing edge of the wing, with dashes instead.
I believe this is either V. obsoleta or pearsalli but am not sure how to reliably differentiate the two.

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Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 30, 2018 11:27 PM PDT

Description

Abundant. Came to light.
ID:
Not V. cambrica (found at same location) because this individual lacks the triangular-shaped spots at the trailing edge of the wing, with dashes instead.
I believe this is either V. obsoleta or pearsalli but am not sure how to reliably differentiate the two.

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What

Morning-glory Plume Moth Emmelina monodactyla

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 30, 2018 11:20 PM PDT

Description

Came to light.

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Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 30, 2018 11:28 PM PDT

Description

Abundant. Came to light.
ID:
Not V. cambrica (found at same location) because this individual lacks the triangular-shaped spots at the trailing edge of the wing, with dashes instead.
I believe this is either V. obsoleta or pearsalli but am not sure how to reliably differentiate the two.

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What

Ophion Wasps Genus Ophion

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 30, 2018 11:24 PM PDT

Description

Common on Keats Island.
Attracted to light.
ID:
To family: two recurrent veins in the wing, a horsehead-shaped cell

To genus:
Key: http://www.amentinst.org/GIN/Keys/Ophioninae/Key%20to%20New%20World%20genera%20of%20Ophioninae%202014.09.04.pdf
http://www.amentinst.org/GIN/Keys/Ophioninae/Key%20Figures%20of%20Ophioninae%2001-65_2014.09.04.pdf

Large ocelli. Occipital carina complete. Antennae not thickenned apically. Yellow colour. Mouthparts not greatly elongated. Hindwing vein 1/cu longer than cu-a. Raised bump on base of T2. Vein r-rs straight, ramellus well developed.

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What

Red-backed Jumping Spider Phidippus johnsoni

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 31, 2018 01:35 PM PDT

Description

A successful hunt.

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What

Swamp Currant Ribes lacustre

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

March 31, 2018 02:07 PM PDT

Description

Not common on the island, and most individuals are quite small and low density.
Growing in the understory or a rocky semi-open coniferous forest with Douglas-fir.

ID:
Dense prickles rule out several species (acerifolium, aureum, bracteosum, cereum, glandulosum, hudsonianum, laxiflorum, rubrum, sanguineum, triste, viscosissimum, divericatum, inerme, lobbii).

Ribes oxyacanthoides is also densely prickly but usually only has 1-3 nodal spines and is not usually found on the coast.

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Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

June 30, 2015 09:38 AM PDT

Description

On ground within coastal Western Hemlock/redcedar/Douglas-fir/Sword Fern forest.

ID'd on bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1107503

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Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

May 1, 2015 04:59 PM PDT

Description

Found resting during the day on a driftwood log at the high tide line in Plumper's Cove Provincial Marine Park.

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What

Common Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

May 1, 2015 03:54 PM PDT

Description

In undergrowth of coastal Douglas-fir/Bigleaf Maple/hemlock/Redcedar forest. Common.

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What

Echo Azure Celastrina echo

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

May 1, 2015 03:41 PM PDT

Description

Western Spring Azure at a garden on the forest's edge, feeding on a non-native Cherry Laurel above a coastal rocky bluff.

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Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 4, 2015 07:16 PM PDT

Description

Maybe not identifiable at this magnification.
A round-bodied springtail on an unopened Red Huckleberry bud.

I believe this is Ptenothrix.
Maybe P. beta based on range and colour pattern.
Probably not P. renetae based on lack of banding on antennae and tibiotarsae.

In coastal Douglas-fir/hemlock/maple/redcedar forest.

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Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 4, 2015 01:48 PM PDT

Description

Juvenile male, found inside house. Introduced species from Europe.

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What

Western Brown Elfin Callophrys augustinus ssp. iroides

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

May 1, 2015 02:54 PM PDT

Description

Was landing on Salal flowers and Small-flowered Alumroot on a rocky bluff overlooking the ocean at the edge of the forest.

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Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 5, 2015 09:34 PM PDT

Description

Very abundant on Keats, comes to porch lights.

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What

Variable Carpet Moth Anticlea vasiliata

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 4, 2015 08:54 PM PDT

Description

Came to a porch light. Very accommodating to photograph: perched on a blank white surface with one wing showing the natural resting pose and one wing displaying the hindwing pattern.

ID: white dot in middle of subterminal line, short dark streak at the apex, rounded 'uu' shape sticks out in the middle of the postmedial line.

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What

Western Conifer Seed Bug Leptoglossus occidentalis

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

December 30, 2014 02:57 PM PST

Description

Fairly common on Keats. At edge of second-growth Douglas-fir/redcedar/hemlock forest.

ID:
to genus: leaf-like expansion on hind tibia (shorter than Acanthocephala), pronotum not yellowish like Narnia
-to species: only species expected in BC. Expansion on tibia are symmetrical and smaller than some other species, the antennae are very long, they are reddish-brown, no spine extending from head, and the white stripe across the wings is very faint.

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Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 4, 2015

Description

Threaded Vertigo.

By far my favourite gastropod to see!

This species does not currently possess a valid scientific name as far as I know, and its population is considered to be imperilled in Canada. It is known as "Nearctula sp. p", the Threaded Vertigo.

They are quite frequent on the trunks of moss-covered Big-leaf Maples on Keats Island, especially visible after rain. Very tiny, I didn't notice them until one literally fell into my hands several years ago.

COSEWIC report (2010): https://www.registrelep-sararegistry.gc.ca/virtual_sara/files/cosewic/sr_Threaded%20Vertigo_0810_e1.pdf

BC species management plan (2016): http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/eirs/finishDownloadDocument.do?subdocumentId=10461

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What

Speckled Tar Spot Rhytisma punctatum

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 4, 2015

Description

On old Bigleaf Maple leaf in leaflitter. Very abundant.

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What

Red Huckleberry Vaccinium parvifolium

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 4, 2015

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What

Fiber Caps Genus Inocybe

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 4, 2015

Description

Inocybe maybe

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Common Bracken Pteridium aquilinum

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 4, 2015

Description

Abundant. I love how their fiddleheads look like fuzzy caterpillars.

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What

Pacific Dogwood Cornus nuttallii

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 4, 2015

Description

Relatively scarce on Keats Island

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Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

April 4, 2015

Description

A few years ago I marked this down as P. dispar (juvenile male), but now not sure I can rule out P. rufa.

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What

Pixie Cup Lichens Genus Cladonia

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

September 3, 2015

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What

Deer Fern Struthiopteris spicant

Observer

elsemikkelsen

Date

September 3, 2015

Description

Underside of fertile frond

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