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 6 morning

2019 July 6 morning


Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin yesterday morning:


1 Callizzia amorata

1 Euceratia castella

1 Eulithis xylina

1 Hemithea aestivaria

2 Homorthodes hanhami

2 Lacinipolia cuneata

6 Lacinipolia strigicollis

1 Lophocampa maculata

2 Nadata gibbosa

1 Schizura ipomoeae

1 Perizoma costiguttata

1 Sicya crocearia


Eulithis xylina (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Hemithea aestivaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Perizoma costiguttata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Schizura ipomoeae (Lep.: Notodontidae)  Jochen Möhr



   Yesterday, July 5, we showed two pupae found by Judith Sales.  We didn’t have to wait long.  An adult moth emerged last night from the fatter pupa (presumably a female).  Here it is:


Catocala aholibah (Lep.: Erebidae – Erebinae) Jeremy Tatum


   I released it on Mount Tolmie, where I know the species occurs.  Maybe we’ll see it during tomorrow’s Butterfly Walk (Mount Tolmie, 1:00 pm, Sunday) though, if it has settled on a lichen-covered oak trunk, it will be well-nigh invisible.