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 15 afternoon

2020 September 15 afternoon


   Here are two pictures – an upperside and an underside – by Sharon Godkin of Nepytia phantasmaria,

floundering or even attempting to oviposit in the grass.


Nepytia phantasmaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Sharon Godkin


Nepytia phantasmaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Sharon Godkin


   Ian Cooper sends a photograph of a grasshopper – one of many species in the genus Melanoplus!


Melanoplus sp.  (Orth.: Acrididae)  Ian Cooper


   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin his morning:


1 Euxoa sp.

1 Dryotype opina

1 Fishia illocata

1 Gazoryctra mathewi

1 Homorthodes sp.

1 Lacinipolia pensilis

1 Lacinipolia strigicollis

1 Lithomoia germana (same as previously)

2 Neoalcis californiaria

1 Noctua pronuba

6 Pleromelloida cinerea

1 Tetracis, probably pallulata

3 Xanthorhoe defensaria

 2 Xestia finatimis/ infimatis complex


Gazoryctra mathewi  (Lep.: Hepialidae)  Jochen Möhr


Fishea illocata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Fishea illocata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Euxoa sp (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr


Homorthodes sp Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr