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 29

2020 July 29


   Norma Smith sends photographs of two Pyrausta californicalis from her garden near St Michael’s University School.  The caterpillars of this species feed on mints Mentha sp.  Norma tells me that her garden has a ground cover of Corsican Mint Mentha requienii.


Pyrausta californicalis (Lep.: Crambidae)  Norma Smith

Pyrausta californicalis (Lep.: Crambidae)  Norma Smith

   This huge corydalid was found by Rebecca Dunne on Hornby Island, July 28.  Thanks to Dr Rob Cannings for confirming Rebecca’s identification as Dysmicohermes disjunctus.


Dysmicohermes disjunctus (Meg.: Corydalidae)  Rebecca Dunne

   Rosemary Jorna sends photographs of two butterflies and two beetles from Sooke, July 27.  Thanks to Scott Gilmore for identifying the beetles.

Lorquin’s Admiral Limenitis lorquini (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Rosemary Jorna

Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Rosemary Jorna

Xestoleptura crassipes (Col.: Cerambycidae)  Rosemary Jorna

Xestoleptura crassipes (Col.: Cerambycidae)  Rosemary Jorna

   Jochen Möhr’s moths and butterflies from Metchosin, July 28:


Drepanulatrix sp. (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr

Hesperumia latipennis (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Jochen Möhr

Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Jochen Möhr

   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin, July 29:


1 Callizzia amorata

1 Campaea perlata

1 Drepanulatrix sp.

1 Lacinipolia pensilis

1 Lacinipolia strigicollis

1 Neoalcis californiaria

1 Perizoma costiguttata

1 Stenoporpia excelsaria 


Lacinipolia pensilis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

   Two of Gordon Hart’s moths from Highlands, July 29:


Malacosoma californicum (Lep.: Lasiocampidae)

with nonbiting midge (Dip.: Chironomidae)

Males, both of them, with large feathery antennae!

Scallopshell Rheumaptera undulata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Gordon Hart

(also known as Hydria undulata)

with unidentified dipteran

   Jeff Gaskin writes:    Kirsten Mills tells me she just found a very worn Pale Tiger Swallowtail in Browning Gyro Park.  It’s a small park near Hillside mall. She found it today, July 29.


More tomorrow…