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.

January 24

2019 January 24


   The early spring moths are starting to appear!  Can butterflies be far behind?  Jeremy Gatten reports 3 Phigalia plumogeraria, 1 Hypena californica, and 1 Egira hiemalis from the walls of the Metchosin Community Hall yesterday, January 23.  He sends photographs of one of each.


Phigalia plumogeraria (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jeremy Gatten



Hypena californica (Lep.: Erebidae)  Jeremy Gatten


Egira hiemalis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Gatten