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.

November 3

2019 November 3


   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin this morning:  This morning, there are 1 Epirrita autumnata and 3 Sunira decipiens.   I am intrigued by the subtle variations in the pattern of E. autumnata.  Hence I attach the picture.  



Epirrita autumnata  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


November 2

2019 November 2


   Yes!  November is possible!   Jeff Gaskin reports that Kirsten Mills saw a Cabbage White on November 1 at the Colwood turn-off from the TCH, near the Silvery Blue colony.  Some butterflies (nymphalids) spend the winter in the adult state, so one could in principle (!) find a butterfly in any month of the year. The Cabbage White is not one of the adult-overwinterers  – it overwinters as a pupa, so it is good to hear of an adult hanging on into November.

November 1

2019 November 1


   Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:


4 Epirrita autumnata,

3 Sunira decipiens

1 Xanthorhoe defensaria


In October, Jochen had 128 observations of 22 species.


Sunira decipiens (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr



Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


October 31

2019 October 31


   After three days of nothing, Jochen Möhr has a few moths from Metchosin – one of which is probably (from the time of year)  Triphosa haesitata, but which looks very like some varieties of Coryphista meadii!   For the time being, I’ll label it as a probable Triphosa haesitata.  Here is Jochen’s list for this morning:


1 Epirrita autumnata

1 Triphosa haesitata

1 Xanthorhoe defensaria



Probably Triphosa haesitata (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr


Xanthorhoe defensaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

October 29

2019 October 29


   On October 27, Kirsten Mills saw two Cabbage Whites by her house around Hillside Centre,  two along West Shore Parkway, one near Jordan River and finally one by Muir Creek.  Barb McGrenere reports one in the Cordova Bay area on October 27, and one at McIntyre Reservoir on October 28.