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.

June 8

2019 June 8


   Jochen Möhr reports a Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae from his Metchosin home, as well as the moth below, Apamea cinefacta.


Apamea cinefacta  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


  Aziza Cooper writes:  On June 6 I went to Saturna Island.  I walked 7 km along the Narvaez Bay Road and saw one Western Spring Azure and many Pale and Western Tiger Swallowtails. A conservative estimate would be 15 of each. At the Narvaez Bay park campground I saw a Comma.  Yesterday, June 7, at McIntyre Reservoir (Central Saanich), a moth perched on my coat sleeve. Other than the moth I saw two Cabbage Whites and no other butterflies.


  The moth is another Apamea, Apamea amputatrix.


Apamea amputatrix (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Aziza Cooper


Pale Tiger Swallowtail Papilio eurymedon (Lep.: Papilionidae)  Aziza Cooper


   Aziza also photographed a Painted Lady today at Daniel’s Market, the Shell Station, in Sooke.


Painted Pady Vanessa atalanta (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Aziza Cooper



   Rosemary Jorna sends photographs of a Pale Tiger Swallowtail and a Cedar Hairstreak from her garden (Kemp Lake area) today.


Pale Tiger Swallowtail Papilio eurymedon (Lep.: Papilionidae) Rosemary Jorna


Cedar Hairstreak Mitoura rosneri (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Rosemary Jorna





June 7

2019 June 7


   Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:


2 Panthea virginarius

1 Tyria jacobaeae

2 Venusia obsoleta


   Val George found this White Satin Moth Leucoma salicis  on the wall at the entrance to the Swan Lake Nature House yesterday afternoon, June 6.


White Satin Moth Leucoma salicis (Lep.: Erebidae – Lymantriinae)

Val George


June 6 ii morning

2019 June 6 ii morning


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  My attempt to send a picture of the cocoon outlined with an ellipse was only partially successful.  If you look at the June 6 posting there will be some sort of an icon there.  You can click on it and it then shows what I attempted to post.


  In the meantime, here is the June 6 ii morning posting, with a fine photo from Marie O’Shaughnessy, who writes:  I found this lovely Sheep Moth in Uplands Park the afternoon, June 5th , at 3.40pm. It was all ”a-quiver “ for a while and it then settled, but the wings were no longer fully open once the light rain began to fall.  It sure is a pretty colourful moth.


Sheep Moth Hemileuca eglanterina (Lep.: Saturniidae)  Marie O’Shaughnessy

June 5

2019 June 5


   Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:


   One each:

Hydriomena , probably marinata  

Lophocampa maculata

Nadata gibbosa

Perizoma costiguttata

Phyllodesma americana

Euceratia castella


Euceratia castella (Lep.: Plutellidae)  Jochen Möhr


   Jeremy Tatum shows a pupa of Tetracis jubararia


Tetracis jubararia (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jeremy Tatum


   The caterpillar of Behrensia conchiformis is exceedingly well disguised and very difficult indeed to detect.  But that is as nothing compared with its cocoon.  The cocoon is made on treebark and incorporates bits of bark, making it, to all intents and purposes, invisible.  It is shown below.  If I can summon up enough computer skills (doubtful), I’ll try and show the photograph again tomorrow, indicating exactly where the cocoon is – though even when indicated, it may not help you.  Jeremy Tatum


  The caterpillars of all three moths in today’s posting fed on Snowberry.  Euceratia exclusively so; the other two have alternative foodplants. 


Behrensia conchiformis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Tatum