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 (jtatum@uvic.ca). 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.

March 29 afternoon

2019 March 29 afternoon

 

   In addition to Jochen Möhr’s moth bonanza in Metchosin, Libby Avis has recently been seeing quite a few in Port Alberni in the last few days, including several Lithophanesgeorgii, pertorrida, innominata and petulca; Egira hiemalis, Xylena curvimacula, Orthosia hibisci, Venusias, Eupsilia tristigmata, Eupithecia gilvipennata; lots of Triphosa haesitata – “ I think they may have been overwintering under our deck.”

 

  Here are a few more of Jochen’s from Metchosin.  Thanks to Libby for help with the identifications.  More this evening.

 


Xanthorhoe defensaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 



Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Hydriomena manzanita (Lep.; Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr)

 

 


Lithophane innominata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 

 


Eupithecia ravocostaliata/nevadata  (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr

 


Orthosia hibisci (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Egira curialis  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr