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.

July 2 morning

2019 July 2 morning


   Cheryl Hoyle sends a photograph of a Rough Stink Bug Brochymena sp. from the Songhees Walkway.


Rough Stink Bug Brochymena sp. (Hem.: Pentatomidae)  Cheryl Hoyle



   Val George writes: This Grey Hairstreak was at the summit of Mount Douglas (48.493735/-123.347655) yesterday, July 1.


Grey Hairstreak Strymon melinus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Val George


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Here’s a photograph of a Copper Underwing moth, reared from a caterpillar found at Goldstream Park.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to photograph the copper-coloured hindwings.


Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidoides (Lep.: Noctuidae)

Jeremy Tatum


Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:


1 Biston betularia

2 Lacinipolia strigicollis

4 Nadata gibbosa

1 Schizura ipomoeae

1 Smerinthus ophthalmica or cerisyi


[Jeremy Tatum notes:  Some authors have split the old S. cerisyi  into S. cerisyi and S. ophthalmica, with our local moths being ophthalmica.  As with many other moths with frequent taxonomic revisions, it is impractical for me to keep relabelling archival images, so for consistency within the site I adopt a conservative approach and retain the name cerisyi on images on this site.]


Smerinthus cerisyi (Lep.: Sphingidae)  Jochen Möhr