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.

February 8

2021 February 8


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  The caterpillar season is back!   This one is a very young (3 mm) Paraseptis adnixa (formerly known as Aseptis adnixa).  This is one of the earliest caterpillars to be found in the year.  It feeds on the leaves of Indian Plum Oemleria cerasiformis, which is the earliest of our local shrubs to come into leaf.  At this time of year it is safe from the dangers of parasitoidal tachinid flies.


Paraseptis adnixa (Lep.: Noctuidae)   Jeremy Tatum