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 November 10

2023 November 10

   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:  Finally, an Operophtera – but which one?

Jeremy Tatum writes:  I’d call this O. brumata.  I had two at my Saanich apartment this morning – the first I’ve seen here this season.   Moth-ers might take their cameras to the Goldstream Park Nature House, where sometimes O. occidentalis is the most numerous of the Winter Moths.  There is even a chance there of finding the rarer one, O. danbyi.

European Winter Moth Operophtera brumata  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


While thinking of yesterday’s photograph of a butterfly drinking tears from the eyes of a caiman, I seem to remember reading somewhere that one of our erebid moths sometimes imbibes fluids from the eyes of cattle.  I have forgotten which moth – it may possibly have been the Herald Moth Scoliopteryx libatrix.  If any viewer has information on this, please do let us know.