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.

July 14

2015 July 14


   Annie Pang notes that the new Gorge Tillicum Community Gardens are attracting goodly numbers of Woodland Skippers. 

Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Annie Pang

Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Annie Pang



   Jake Burton found an interesting-looking bug at Fort Rodd Hill.  I think it is the first treehopper to appear on this site.   Some authors would put this and similar insects in an order “Homoptera”, but I’m going to stick it in with all the bugs in Hemiptera.


Male Oak Treehopper Platycotis vittata (Hem.: Membracidae)  Jake Burton



      Jeremy Tatum writes:  Peas usually come in a tin from the grocery store.   But during the summer you can go shopping at the local farms and get fresh peas in the pod, which are absolutely delicious.  And if you are really lucky you might find a “worm” or two in the pods.  It is not a “worm”, of course, but the caterpillar of the Pea Moth.  I was lucky to find one in some peas that I bought, and the resulting moth that emerged today is shown below.  Those beautiful marks along the leading edge of the wings are what I think Eric would call costal strigulae.

 Pea Moth Cydia nigricana (Lep.: Tortricidae)  Jeremy Tatum



   Val George writes: Here is a photo of a Mylitta Crescent from the Tuesday birding group walk near Mill Bay, July 14.


Male Mylitta Crescent Phyciodes mylitta (Lep.:  Nymphalidae)  Val George

July 13

2015 July 13


  Jochen Moehr writes from Metchosin:  Approximately a week ago I saw an Anise Swallowtail depositing eggs on my parsley plants.  She went to at least half a dozen plants.   Today, I found two larvae, one each on two plants.  


Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon (Lep.: Papilionidae) Jochen Moehr

July 12

2015 July 12


   Some more insects photographed recently by Scott Gilmore:


Eucosma derelicta (Lep.: Tortricidae)  Scott Gilmore


Arta epicoenalis (Lep.: Pyralidae)  Scott Gilmore


Swammerdamia pyrella (Lep.: Yponomeutidae) Scott Gilmore


Gracillaria syringella (Lep.: Gracillariidae)  Scott Gilmore


Myzia subvittata (Col.: Coccinellidae) Scott Gilmore

July 11

2015 July 11


   Jeremy Tatum writes:   Here is a caterpillar of a Western Tiger Swallowtail on an Aspen leaf.


Western Tiger Swallowtail Papilio rutulus (Lep.: Papilionidae) Jeremy Tatum


   Scott Gilmore writes:  I had a quiet moment and managed to go through a few photos from the last few nights. For various reasons I have been able to check my lights in the middle of the night when they were most active so I turned up a few less common (for me) moths. Around 2 a.m. on the night of the heaviest smoke was the busiest I have ever seen my lights with huge numbers of species that I often only see singly. 


  Jeremy Tatum responds:  Scott sent a wonderful bunch of exciting photographs, which I’m going to divide between today and tomorrow!



Pyrausta californicalis (Lep.: Crambidae)  Scott Gilmore


Furcula scolopendrina (Lep.: Notodontidae)  Scott Gilmore


Arched Hooktip Drepana arcuata (Lep.: Drepanidae)  Scott Gilmore



Isomira comstocki (Col.: Tenebrionidae)  Scott Gilmore


European Pine Shoot Moth

Rhyacionia buoliana (Lep.: Tortricidae)

Scott Gilmore



July 10

2015 July 10


   Cheryl Hoyle sends a photograph of lovely bluey-green example of Lacinipolia strigicollis  from View Royal, July 9.  Many examples of this moth are the usual mixture of browns and greys that make all noctuids look alike to those who are just starting to study them.  This is an exceptionally strikingly-marked individual, and I certainly didn’t recognize it.  Thanks to Jeremy Gatten for identifying it for us.


Lacinipolia strigicollis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Cheryl Hoyle