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.

April 9 morning

2019 April 9 morning


   Jochen Möhr reports that if he leaves his UV light on all night, he often gets 50 or 60 moths in the morning.  We’ll post them here a few at a time!   Thanks to Libby Avis for help with the identifications.

Anticlea vasiliata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochn Möhr

Anticlea vasiliata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Hypena decorata (Lep.: Erebidae – Hypeninae) Jochen Möhr

   Libby remarks that the two white dots near the apex of the forewings are characteristic of the male of this species.

Cladara limitaria (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr



Melanolophia imitata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Perizoma curvilinea  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


April 8

2019 April 8


      Julie Laz writes that she found some tiny (less than 1/8″) snails on her garden plants.  We can’t be sure of their exact identity, but their shape seems to be consistent with tiny snails of the genus  Vertigo.

Probably Vertigo sp. (Pul.: Vertiginidae)

Julie Laz


April 5

2019 April 5


   Gordon Hart writes:  I was at a store in a commercial area near Uptown in Victoria yesterday (Thursday, April 4) and I saw a fresh  Western Brown Elfin on a hedge.


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  The moth shown below emerged yesterday.  It was reared from a caterpillar found last year on Snowberry on Mount Tolmie.


Behrensia conchiformis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Tatum

April 4

2019 April 4


   Jeremy Tatum writes that he saw a Satyr Comma along Lochside Drive just north of Blenkinsop Lake on April 2.  On April 3, the moth shown below emerged, after being reared from a caterpillar found last year by Mike and Barb McGrenere in their Cordova Bay garden.  It is now flying around somewhere in the Blenkinsop Valley.


Zale lunata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Tatum

April 2

2019 April 2 morning


   Gordon Hart sends a photograph of Enchoria lacteata  from his Highlands garden, April 1.

Enchoria lacteata  (Lep.: Geometridae)  Gordon Hart


   Val George writes: This Satyr Anglewing (Comma) was near the Nature House at Swan Lake (48.464866/-123.374436) yesterday afternoon, April 1.  Also, a pristine Mourning Cloak flew past me at the same location.

  Jeremy Tatum writes:  The last two years were poor for both of these species.  Are going to have a come-back this year?

Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Val George

Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Val George