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 10 evening

2019 July 10 evening


   Jochen Möhr had a huge haul in Metchosin last night:


1 Eupithecia

1 Agrotis vancouverensis

2 Biston betularia

2 Callizzia amorata

2 Drepana arcuata

1 Eulithis xylina

2 Gabriola dyari

1 Hesperumia latipennis

2 Homorthodes hanhami

2 Lacinipolia strigicollis

5 Nadata gibbosa

1 NemorIa darwiniata

2 Panthea virginarius

1 Perizoma costiguttata

1 Pyrausta perrubralis

1 Scopula quinquelinearia

2 Sicya crocearia

1 Leucoma salicis

1 Stenoporpia excelsaria

1 Autographa californica


Pyrausta perrubralis (Lep.: Crambidae) Jochen Möhr


Schizura unicornis (Lep.: Notodontidae) Jochen Möhr



Agrotis vancouverensis (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr


Stenoporpia excelsaria (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr


Scopula quinquelinearia (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr


Leucoma salicis (Lep.: Erebidae – Lymantriinae) Jochen Möhr


Autographa californica (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr




Male Malacosoma californicum (Lep.: Lasiocampidae)

Jochen Möhr




 Male Malacosoma californicum (Lep.: Lasiocampidae)   Jochen Möhr

Gabriola dyari (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr


Nemoria darwiniata (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr



Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.:  Geometridae) Jochen Möhr



   More of those soldier beetles, from Gordon Hart:


Red Soldier Beetles Rhagonycha fulva (Col.: Cantharidae) Gordon Hart