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.

October 16

2018 October 16


   Jochen Möhr is just back from holiday in Germany – and he didn’t waste any time in photographing an Autographa californica  in his Metchosin garden!


Autographa californica  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Two Cabbage Whites today – one at Hillside Mall, and one at Cattle Point.

October 15

2018 October 15


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Four Cabbage Whites at McMicking Point this afternoon.


October 14

2018 October 14


   Jeremy Tatum writes: Today I saw one Cabbage White at Longview Farms, and another one at Turgoose Point.

October 13

2018 October 13


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Two Cabbage Whites today at Mount Newton Cross Road, and two more at Island View Road.

October 12

2018 October 12


   On October 10, Aziza photographed this very black moth at the Swan Lake nature house.  Jeremy Tatum writes:  This has puizzled me, for it is just the size and shape of a Winter Moth¸ though I have never seen one so completely black as this, and it is rather early – they usually appear in November.  But I can’t think of what else it might be, so I am labelling it as a maybe Winter Moth.


Maybe Winter Moth Operophtera brumata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Aziza Cooper


   Gordon Hart writes from his Highlands home:  No butterflies today, but we did see this nice Girdler Moth on Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) flowers.

Girdler Moth Dargida procinctus (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Gordon Hart