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 ( 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.

July 22 morning

2019 July 22 morning


  More moths, and a spider, from Jochen Möhr’s haul  yesterday in Metchosin:

Lacinipolia pensilis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Coryphista meadii (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Although it is is a rather worn specimen, it is a rare individual in which one can see clearly that it is indeed Coryphista meadii  and not Triphosa haesitata. The fourth tooth on the outer margin of the hindwing is clearly much smaller than the adjacent teeth, and there is clearly a dark elongated spot in the forewing disc, thus satisfying two of the most important of Jeremy Gatten’s criteria.


Dichagyris variabilis (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr

Mythimna/Leucania,but most probably Leucania farcta (Lep.: Noctuidae)

Jochen Möhr


Zebra Spider Salticus scenicus (Ara.: Salticidae)

with micro moth (probably Tortricidae)

Jochen Möhr


Cheryl Hoyle sends two photographs taken in her View Royal yard, July 22.  Thanks to Lincoln Best for identifying the bee.

Crab spider Misumena vatia (Ara.: Thomisidae)  Cheryl Hoyle

Plasterer Bee Colletes sp. (Hym.: Colletidae)  Cheryl Hoyle


   Val George writes:  Yesterday, July 21, the Victoria Natural History Society had a botany trip to Mount Washington.  Though the main focus of the group was the sub-alpine flowers, a few of us took some time to look for butterflies.  We saw ten species:  Hydaspe and Western Meadow Fritillaries (photos attached), Boisduval’s and Anna’s Blues, Painted Lady, Satyr and Green Commas, Mariposa Copper, Clodius Parnassian, and Cabbage White.

Hydaspe Fritillary (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Val George

Western Meadow Fritillary Boloria epithore (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Val George


July 21

2019 July 21


   Ted Dobie sent me the photograph below of a caterpillar found on Gordon Head Road.  He kindly allowed me to collect it for rearing.


Orgyia pseudotsugata (Lep.: Erebidae – Lymantriinae)  Ted Dobie


   The caterpillar shown on July 8, and the chrysalis on July 11, this morning produced the Red Admiral butterfly shown below.  Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a good shot of the upperside.  I released the butterlfy on a Buddleia in Finnerty Gardens, where it was joined on the same bush by one each of Lorquin’s Admiral, Painted Lady, Western Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White and Anna’s Hummingbird, all enjoying the copious nectar. I stood watching them for 45 minutes, wondering if I had woken up in Heaven.

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Jeremy Tatum



Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:


1 Amorbia cuneanum

1 Callizzia amorata

I Drepanulatrix secundaria

1 Eupithecia sp.   

2 Homorthodes hanhami

2 Nadata gibbosa

2 Nemoria darwiniata

1 Pyrausta perrubralis

1 Schizura ipomoeae

1 probably Apamea sordens

1 Coryphista meadii

1 Dichagyris variabilis

1 Leucania or mythimna


and at least a dozen micros of different kinds.


Amorbia cuneanum (Lep.: Tortricidae)  Jochen Möhr



Pyrrausta perrubralis (Lep.: Crambidae) Jochen Möhr


Nemoria darwiniata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr




   Ren Ferguson sends these pictures of a bee from Salt Spring Island.  Thanks to Annie Pang for confirming the identification.


Bombus flavifrons (Hym.: Apidae)  Ren Ferguson



Bombus flavifrons (Hym.: Apidae)  Ren Ferguson



Bombus flavifrons (Hym.: Apidae)  Ren Ferguson


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  I saw two Mylitta Crescents today (July 21) along a Hydro line across Millstream Road, as well as a very small (and as yet unidentified) sesiid moth.  Also, I saw a Pine White flying over the McKenzie Interchange.


   That’ll have to be all for today!  More tomorrow morning.

July 20


Layla Munger sends some pictures from Oak Bay.

The first shows a Sand Wasp.  That one was easy, and I was going to ignore the tiny fly at the bottom – until Layla managed to identlfy it!


Sand wasp Bembix americana (Hym.: Crabronidae)

Frit fly Thaumatomyia glabra (Dip.: Chloropidae)

Layla Munger


Crab spider Misumena vatia (Ara.: Thomisidae)  Layla Munga


Next is a Wool Carder Bee¸ in the act of carding wool from a woolly leaf with which to line its nest,


Wool Carder Bee Anthidium manicatum (Hym.: Megachilidae)  Layla Munger


Wool Carder Bee Anthidium manicatum (Hym.: Megachilidae)  Layla Munger


Annie Pang sends a photograph of a Yellow-fronted Bumblebee.  [The “front” in such animal names as Yellow-fronted Bumblebee and White-fronted Goose, etc., refers to the “frons – frontis” or forehead.]



Bombus flavifrons
(Hym.: Apidae)  Annie Pang


Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:


2 Callizia amorata

One each  of:

Eulithis xylina

Hydriomena marinata /californiata

Lophocampa argentata

Nadata gibbosa

Pero mizon

Pyrausta perrubralis

Schizura ipomoeae

Hesperumia latipennis



Hydriomena marinata/californiata (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr


Pero mizon (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr



Schizura ipomoeae (Lep.: Notodontodae) Jochen Möhr


Hesperumis latipennis (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr



That will have to be enough for today!

July 19 morning

2019 July 19 morning


Notice from Gordon Hart: 


The July Butterfly Count starts Saturday, July 20,  running until next Sunday, July 28. You can submit a count anytime over this period, and you can do more than one count, just use a separate form for each count. In the case of repeat counts, or more than one person counting an area, I will take the highest count for each species.

Please use the form at on the Victoria Natural History Society website .

The count area is the same as the Victoria Christmas Bird Count circle. For butterfly identification there are numerous internet sites, but most or all Victoria species are listed on E-Fauna. If you select by photographer, all the photos under James Miskelly’s name are of Victoria species. Here is the link:,%20james&specrep=0

If you would like a suggestion for an area to count, please send me an email.

In addition to the counts, a monthly Butterfly Walk is held on the first Sunday of each month – the next walk will be on August 4. We start at the summit of Mount Tolmie at 1pm, and decide where to go from there. I will send out another reminder the week before.

Thank-you for submitting your sightings and happy counting!

Gordon Hart,

Butterfly Count Coordinator,

Victoria Natural History Society


   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:

Yesterday, there was almost nothing (1 Hesperumia sulphuraria and 1 Hormothodes hanhami)

Today, It’s a little better, as there is one new one for this wall and for July.  [And for this site – Jeremy T.]

1 Dichagyris variabilis

1 Drepanulatrix secundaria

1 Eulithis xylina

1 Nadata gibbosa 

1 Pero mizon

1 Sicya crocearia 

2 pictures attached


Drepanulatrix secundaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Dichagyris variabilis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr



July 18

2019 July 18


   Jeremy Tatum writes:   Hundreds of Essex Skippers in the fields inland from Island View Beach – but no Ringlets at the moment.  All the Teasels at McIntyre Reservoir have been cut down.  There will be no butterflies there this year.


   Cheryl Hoyle sends some photographs taken on July 17 at the Gorge Park Community Gardens:

Polyphylla crinita (Col.: Scarabaeidae) Cheryl Hoyle

Syritta pipiens (Dip.: Syrphidae)  Cheryl Hoyle


   Cheryl  found this spider in View Royal on July 11.  Thanks to Dr Robb Bennett for identifying it as a Lynx Spider, Oxyopes scalaris, the only member of the Oxyopidae so far recorded in British Columbia.


Lynx spider Oxyopes scalaris (Ara.: Oxyopidae)  Cheryl Hoyle




Rosemary Jorna sends some photographs  taken on July 17 from the Kemp Lake area:


Coccinella septempunctata (Col.: Coccinellidae)  Rosemary Jorna


   This next insect looks very like an ichneumonid indeed – although it is keeping its antennae rather still.  The antennae of an ichneumonid are constantly in motion.  It didn’t deceive Rosemary, who recognized it as a beetle.  Scott Gilmore identifies it as Necydalis laevicollis.



Necydalis laevicollis  (Col.: Cerambycidae)  Rosemary Jorna


Silver-spotted Tiger Moth Lophocampa argentata (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Rosemary Jorna