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.

April 1

2019 April 1


   Mike Yip writes:  Still pretty quiet for butterflies in Nanoose. Yesterday I saw one Mourning Cloak on Cross Road.   At the Notch at least four male Orangetips were flying frantically about as well as one Propertius Duskywing and many Cabbage Whites.


   Mike sends two photographs of the day-flying geometrid moth Epirrhoe plebeculata –  this is the one I keep asking viewers to look out for egg-laying.  Now you know what to look for!



Epirrhoe plebeculata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Mike Yip


Epirrhoe plebeculata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Mike Yip


   And, talking of day-flying geometrids, Jeremy Tatum and  Bill Savale saw a fine Archiaeris infans in the woods at Royal Roads University on  March 30.  But no  butterflies.


   Jochen sends pictures of more moths from Metchosin.  Some moths can be hard to identify for certain, so we have left some of them as “sp.”



Xanthorhoe defensaria (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr


Cerastis enigmatica  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Cucullia sp. (Lep.: Noctuidae)   Jochen Möhr


Probably Euxoa sp. Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Cladara limitaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


   Libby Avis writes from Port Alberni that she saw two Feralia deceptiva  and both light and dark Pleromelloida conserta  last night, and Mesoleuca gratulata  on March 30.