Blue-banded Silver Spinner

Blue-banded Silver Spinner

Blue-banded Silver Spinner approached with caution, placing an obstacle between the cart and camera.
Blue-banded Silver Spinner. Approach with caution, making sure to place an obstacle between the cart and camera.

Classification: B/1

Closely related to the Red-banded Silver Spinner, I found this Blue-banded Silver Spinner lurking near a dumpster a mere block from my house in Courtenay, British Columbia. Unlike its non-aggressive cousin, the Blue-banded Silver Spinner must be approached with significant care, especially if one has young children present.

If you are charged by a Blue-banded Silver Spinner pick up your child, make yourself as big as possible and back away slowly. Never run as that triggers this predator’s chase instinct. Note also the blue and silver colouration and the large lure which is diagnostic for this species of Spinner. Many have been fooled by this attractive looking “seat” with regretful results.

Blue-banded Silver Spinner showing lure for unsuspecting prey.
Blue-banded Silver Spinner showing lure for unsuspecting prey.

This is the sixth species account of the Vancouver Island Shopping Carts series. Julian Montague at The Stray Shopping Cart Project has developed a method of classifying stray carts that might be of interest to those wanting to learn more about species of carts in their own area. Researchers should also consult Rock, Paper, Lizard for detailed species accounts of Lower Mainland/Vancouver carts.

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