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.

2023 October 15

2023 October 15

   Although this has been a good year for West Coast Lady, we haven’t yet received any reports this year for American Lady.  I say “yet” because there is still time.  However, one turned up yesterday in the Scilly Islands, off the SW coast of England.


Jochen Möhr found six different moth species at his Metchosin home this morning.  We thank Libby Avis for her great help with the identifications.   The first one is a Tetracis pallulata or T. jubararia.  Libby cautions us to be wary against too confident identification of these two species.  For what it’s worth, Jeremy Tatum thinks that, for the heavily speckled and fairly dark specimen below, pallulata may be more likely than jubararia – but this is by no means certain.

Tetracis pallulata /jubararia   (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Autumnal Moth  Epirrita autumnata  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Acleris rhombana (Lep.: Tortricidae)  Jochen Möhr


Udea profundalis  (Lep.: Crambidae)  Jochen Möhr


Juniper Carpet Thera juniperata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Xanthorhoe defensaria  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Jochen also sends an earlier and hitherto unlabelled photograph from his files – now identified as Brown House  Moth.

Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Lep.: Oecophoridae)  Jochen Möhr