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.

2022 August 4

2022 August 4

    Cheryl Hoyle sends a photograph of a Drumming Katydid from View Royal, August 3.

Drumming Katydid Meconema thalassinum (Orth.: Tettigoniidae)  Cheryl Hoyle


Aziza Cooper sends a photograph of a Woodland Skipper from near Bear Mountain, and a Lorquin’s Admiral from Goldstream Park, August 3.

Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Aziza Cooper

Lorquin’s Admiral Limenitis lorquini (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Aziza Cooper


Jeremy Tatum sends a photograph of Hypena  humuli.  Moths of the genus Hypena are sometimes called “snout” moths on account of the long forward-projecting labial palpi.  The caterpillar of this one, which was shown on July 20, was found on Stinging Nettle near Blenkinsop Lake.  The species also feeds on Hop (Humulus) and is known as the Hop Vine Moth.  Thanks to Libby Avis for identifying it.

Hypena humuli  (Lep.: Erebidae – Hypeninae)  Jeremy Tatum