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 3

2019 July 3


   Here’s another moth from Jochen Möhr in Metchosin, July 2:


Probably Zale duplicata (Lep.: Erebidae – Erebinae)  Jochen Möhr



   and lots more today, July 3:

2 Biston betularia in cop.

1 Eulithis xylina

1 Hesperumia latipennis

1 Homothodes hanhami

2 Iridopsis emasculatum

1 Lacinipolia cuneata

2 Lacinipolia strigicollis

1 Oligocentria semirufescens (under the wing of S. cerisyi)

4 Nadata gibbosa

1 Panthea virginarius

1 Cabera erythemaria

1 Smerinthus ophthalmica or cerisyi  (same individual as yesterday and the day before.  It has not budged.)


Eulithis xylina (Lep. Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Hesperumia latipennis (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

Homorthodes hanhami (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr

Iridopsis emasculatum (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

Iridopsis emasculatum (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

Oligocentria semirufescens (Lep.: Notodontidae)

Jochen Möhr

Lacinipolia cuneata (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr


Panthea virginarius (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr

Biston betularia (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

  Probably Cabera erythemaria (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr

Smerinthus cerisyi (Lep.: Sphingidae)

Oligocentria semirufescens (Lep.: Notodontidae)

Jochen Möhr


Ephestiodes gilvescentella  (Lep.: Pyralidae)   Jochen Möhr


If anyone can identify this one, please let us know:


Unidentified micro Jochen Möhr


   Here is a micro reared from thistle (found on Cirsium edule but readily fed on C. arvense) in Coppermine Road, Sooke.

Udea turmalis (Lep.: Crambidae)  Jeremy Tatum