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.

2021 September 5

2021 September 5

    Aziza Cooper sends photographs of two insects from this morning, September 5, at Swan Lake Nature House.

Jeremy Tatum writes:  On the original version of this posting, I had grossly misidentified the moth!   Thanks to Libby Avis, who put me right and identified it as Lithomoia germana.

The fly might either be a small crane fly (Tipulidae) or a winter gnat (they occur in summer, too!) (Trichoceridae).


Lithomoia germana (Lep.: Noctuidae)    Aziza Cooper

Dip.:  Probably either a crane fly (Tipulidae) or a winter gnat (Trichoceridae)   Aziza Cooper

2021 September 4

2021 September 4

Monthly Butterfly Walk scheduled for Sunday is cancelled.  See notice on September 2 Alert.

 Aziza Cooper sends a photograph of a moth from her stove hood on September 1, and damselflies at King’s Pond on September 2.


Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Aziza Cooper

Damselflies (Odonata – Zygoptera) Aziza Cooper


Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this  morning:


1 Alucita montana

2 Neoalcis californiaria

3 Noctua pronuba

1 Spargania magnoliata 

1 Udea profundalis


Some photographs:


Spargania magnoliata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

2021 September 3

2021 September 3


Monthly Butterfly Walk scheduled for Sunday is cancelled.  See notice on September 2 Alert.


   Jochen Möhr sends a photograph of a Woodland Skipper in Metchosin nectaring on a — Wanted! – a Botanist to tell us what it is nectaring on!

Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Jochen Möhr

  Jochen had these moths at his Metchosin home this morning

1 Neoalcis californiaria

2 Nepytia phantasmaria

3 Noctua pronuba

1 Orgyia antiqua 

1 Xanthorhoe defensaria

Here are photographs of a few of them:

Nepytia phantasmaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Orgyia antiqua (Lep.: Erebidae – Lymantriinae) Jochen Möhr


Xanthorhoe defensaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

   As a welcome bonus, Jochen writes:  This morning a very docile and tolerant Mourning Cloak had taken seat on my chair to sun itself.  I am grateful.

Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Jochen Möhr


Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Jochen Möhr

Jeremy Tatum photographed some moths at the Goldstream Park Nature House this morning.

Nepytia phantasmaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jeremy Tatum


Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jeremy Tatum


Caripeta aequaliaria (Lep.: Geometridae) Jeremy Tatum

   Jeremy also writes: Also at the Nature House was what I think is the largest caddisfly I have ever seen – out of camera range, unfortunately.  Possibly  Dicosmoecus atripes.


   Gordon Hart writes:  I dropped by Swan Lake yesterday and saw a Lorquin’s Admiral near Tuesday Pond – likely the same one Jeff saw.  There was one Woodland Skipper on Gumweed and several bee species. 

Lorquin’s Admiral Limenitis lorquini (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Gordon Hart


Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Gordon Hart

2021 September 2

2021 September 2

 From Gordon Hart:  September Butterfly Walk Cancelled

   At the end of a hot, dry summer, not many butterflies are being found around Victoria, so the September Butterfly Walk (originally scheduled for September 5) is cancelled.  There are still some possible interesting sightings and these should continue late into the fall, so keep looking and enjoy the fall weather. We will plan for more walks and counts in the spring of 2022, so keep an eye on the VNHS Calendar and the Invertebrate Alert.

Gordon Hart,
Victoria Natural History Society


Jochen Möhr reports no moths from Metchosin this morning, but he photographed a male Orb  Weaver Spider. 


Araneas diadematus (Ara.: Araneidae)  Jochen Möhr


Jochen reports a single Woodland Skipper in Metchosin today, as does Jeremy Tatum from Colwood.

2021 September 1

2021 September 1

    Jochen Möhr writes that this morning he had three moths at his home in Metchosin:

Plemyria georgii

Udea profundalis

Xanthorhoe defensaria

Photographs of two of them are below.


Plemyria georgii (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Udea profundalis (Lep.: Crambidae)  Jochen Möhr


There’s not much doing on the butterfly front.  Indeed Jochen writes:  Since Aug. 20 no sightings of Pine Whites, and since Aug. 30 no sightings of Woodland skippers any more, let alone anything other than the occasional Cabbage White.  But Jeff Gaskin writes:  Thanks to Ron and Nora Flower for showing me the two Purplish Coppers.  They were near each other somewhat along the path that runs parallel to McHugh Road, just west of McIntyre Road reservoir.