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.

August 3 morning

2019 August 3 morning


Hello Butterfly Watchers,
This is a reminder for the August butterfly walk on Sunday, August 4, at 1 p.m . We meet near the Mount Tolmie summit by the reservoir parking lot. After a look around the summit area, we will decide on a destination from there.  Suggestions welcome.
See you on Sunday,
Gordon Hart


   Gordon also writes: I walked a portion of the Panhandle Trail yesterday (Friday, August 2) and found about 10 Woodland Skippers and 7 Pine Whites.  Most of the skippers were on a patch of a small purple flowered mint species. I think it is an introduced plant. Further along was a patch of goldenrod with many Pine Whites and a few skippers.  I have attached a couple of photographs. We have had the same species at home this week, and one Painted Lady. We found a Large Yellow Underwing  Noctua pronuba, last evening.


  Jody Wells sends in three photographs.  The moth below was photographed at Brentwood Bay, August 1.


Herpetogramma thestealis (Lep.: Crambidae)  Jody Wells


   The beetle below was photographed at Sproat Lake, July 29.


Soldier beetle (Col.: Cantharidae) Jody Wells




   The dragonfly below was kindly identified by Dr Rob Cannings.


Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Jody Wells

Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Gordon Hart

Pine White Neophasia menapia (Lep.: Pieridae)  Gordon Hart


   Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:

2 Callizzia amorata

2 Campaea perlata

1 Coryphista meadii

2 Drepanulatrix sp. 

1 Eulithis xylina

1 Hesperumia latipennis

1 Homorthodes hanhami

1 Iridopsis (emasculatum?)

2 Lacinipolia strigicollis

2 Lophocampa argentata

2 Nemoria darwiniata

1 Oligia divesta (pic attached)

1 Panthea virginarius

3 Perizoma curvilinea


Oligia divesta (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr