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.

June 9 morning

2019 June 9 morning


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  I just discovered that the May 29 posting never managed to get posted.  Apologies to those who contributed (which apparently included myself!).  Here it is.  My computer expertise isn’t up to inserting it between the May 28 and 30 postings.


2019 May 29


      Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:


1 Iridopsis emasculatum

1 Nadata gibbosa

1 Neoterpes trianguliferata

3 Panthea virginarius

2 Perizoma costiguttata

1 Protitame subalbaria

3 Tyria jacobaeae




Protitame subalbaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Iridopsis emasculatum (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jiochen Möhr

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

Hydriomena californiata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

   Two caterpillars from Jeremy Tatum.  The first from Swan Lake, on Snowberry; the second from Munn Road, on Blackberry.  Caterpillars of the genera Eupsilia, Lithophane and Cosmia are not to be fully trusted andare best reared separately from other caterpillars.

Behrensia conchiformis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Tatum

Eupsilia tristigmata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Tatum