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.

2021 November 4 evening

2021 November 4 evening

  As if to emphasize that winter is on its way, in addition to this morning’s European Winter Moth posted by Jeremy Tatum, here is an Erannis vancouverensis/defoliaria  photographed by Val George on the wall of his house in Oak Bay this morning:


Erannis vancouverensis/defoliaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Val George


Below are four pupae of Noctua pronuba reared from the eggs shown on September 19.


Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Tatum