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.

October 15

2017 October 15


   Another splendid crop of moths that Jochen Moehr is seeing at his home in Metchosin.


Agrochola purpurea (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr

Plemyria georgii (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jopchen Moehr


The third is a species of  Drepanulatrix – a genus which has been providing us with identification problems.  In order of increasing preference, Jeremy Tatum writes, I would identify Jochen’s moth below as one of D. foeminaria, D. secundaria, D. monicaria.  Actually I’m sufficiently sure that it is Drepanulatrix monicaria that that’s how I’m going to label it,


Drepanulatrix monicaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Moehr


At least seven butterfly-ers visited McIntyre reservoir today, and saw several Cabbage Whites, three Orange Sulphurs (at the north end of the reservoir), a Painted Lady (on the west side), and many Autographa californica.   Kirsten Mills saw a Painted Lady at Prospect Lake Golf Course, and another one at the corner or Tillicum Road and Gorge Road.