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.

September 10

2019 September 10

   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

1 Ennomos magnaria

1 Eulithis xylina

4 Euxoa difformis

1 Fishia illocata

8 Lacinipolia pensilis

1 Xanthorhoe defensaria 

4 Xestia . . . complex 


Euxoa difformis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Xestia finatimis complex  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Xestia finatimis complex  and Euxoa difformis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

   Jeremy Tatum shows a photograph of a Satellite Moth  reared on Rubus from a caterpillar from Munn Road.  Although the caterpillar of this moth can be reared quite happily on a vegetarian diet, as this one was, it is not averse from adding a little bit of extra protein to its diet, and is best reared separately from other caterpillars.  The moth emerges from its pupa in late summer or fall, and it spends the winter in the adult state.  It may be seen again in early spring.


Eupsilia tristigmata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Tatum