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.

September 14

2020 September 14


   Jochen Möhr’s  moths from Metchosin yesterday morning:


2 Agriphila straminella

1 Eupithecia sp.

1 Dryotype opina

1 Dysstroma citrata
2 Drepanulatrix sp.

3 Euxoa sp.

1 Feltia jaculifera

2 Fishia illocata

1 Lacinipolia strigicollis

1 Lithomoia germana

1 Mesogona olivata or subcuprea

2 Neoalcis californiaria

5 Nepytia phantasmaria

1 Noctua pronuba

1 Oligia divesta

3 Pleromelloida cinerea

1 Tetracis pallulata

4 Xanthorhoe defensaria

1 Xestia finatimis/ infimatis complex


Jochen Möhr’s  moths from Metchosin this morning:


1 Agriphila straminella

2 Eupithecia sp.
2 Drepanulatrix sp.

1 Fishia illocata

1 Lithomoia germana

1 Mesogona olivata or subcuprea

5 Neoalcis californiaria

3 Nepytia phantasmaria

1 Noctua pronuba

1 Oligia divesta

2 Plemyria georgii

3 Pleromelloida cinerea

1 Udea profundalis

2 Xanthorhoe defensaria

4 Xestia finatimis infimatis complex


Dysstroma citrata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Euxoa difformis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Fishea illocata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Lacinipolia pensilis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Mesogona olivata/subcuprea (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Tetracis pallulata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

  Ian Cooper sends a few photographs from the Galloping Goose trail last week:


Araneus diadematus (Ara.: Araneidae)  Ian Cooper

Udea profundalis (Lep.: Crambidae)  Ian Cooper

Pennisetia marginata (Lep.: Sesiidae)  Ian Cooper

Grey Hairstreak Strymon melinus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Ian Cooper

(Galloping Goose, near Seaton Street, September 7)

Sweat bee (Hym.:  Halictidae)  Ian Cooper

Tibellus oblongus (Ara.: Philodromidae)  Ian Cooper

(Thanks to Dr Robb Bennett for the identification)