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 (jtatum@uvic.ca). 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.

March 3

2020 March 3

 

   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:  This morning merely 2 Eupithecias and one Hydriomena manzanita.

March 2

2020 March 2

 

  Jochen Möhr ‘s moths from Metchosin this morning:

 

1 Egira hiemalis

6 Eupithecia,

2 Hydriomena manzanita

1 Phigalia plumogeraria

1 Venusia obsoleta/ pearsalli

 


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.:  Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

March 1

2020 March 1

St David’s Day

 

   Jochen Möhr reports the following moths from his Metchosin home this morning:

 

2 Egira hiemalis

6 Eupithecia,

1 Hydriomena manzanita

2 Phigalia plumogeraria

 

plus a caterpillar of Neoalcis californiaria on his placemat while he was having dinner.

 


Neoalcis californiaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

 

   Libby Avis reports two Eupsilia tristigmata and one Triphosa haesitata from Port Alberni yesterday.

February 29

2020 February 29

 

   Jochen Möhr reports from Metchosin this morning: 

I Alucita montana (in bathroom)

2 Egira hiemalis

1 Emmelina monodactyla (same as before, in same spot)

2 Eupithecias

1 Eupsilia tristigmata

1 Hydriomena manzanita

2 Phigalia plumogeraria

 


Alucita montana (Lep.: Alucitidae)  Jochen Möhr

 


Eupsilia tristigmata (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr

 

 


Hydriomena manzanita (Lep.: Geometridae)

Jochen Möhr

February 28

   2020 February 28

 

     Jochen Möhr reports from Metchosin this morning:

 

6 Eupithecias

2 Egira hiemalis

2 Hydriomena manzanita

1 Eupsilia tristigmata 

1 Phigalia plumogeraria 

 


Eupsilia tristigmata (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

 

   Eupsilia tristigmata overwinters as an adult moth, and consequently can be seen either in late fall or early spring.  The caterpillar feeds on various plants (e.g. Rosa, Rubus, Geum, Salix)  –  and on other caterpillars!