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.

September 16

2019 September 16


   Jochen’s Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:


1 Agrochola purpurea

1 Noctua pronuba

4 Xanthorhoe defensaria


   Jeremy Tatum shows a shark moth that emerged today.  Reared from a caterpillar found on Gumweed at Island View Beach.


Cucullia montanae (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jeremy Tatum


   Also here is a female Rusty Tussock or Vapourer Moth, sitting on her cocoon and looking her very best in order to attract a male suitor who will appreciate her pretty looks.


Rusty Tussock, or Vapourer Orgyia antiqua (Lep-.: Erebidae – Lymantriinae) 

Jeremy Tatum

September 15

2019 September 15


   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:


2 Drepanulatrix sp.

1 Agrochola purpurea

1 Noctua pronuba


Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Sunira decipiens (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Not many butterflies and moths now, but there are still some invertebrates to see.  Anyone who says that snails don’t move fast should try to photograph one!


Cornu aspersum (Pul.: Helicidae)   Jeremy Tatum


September 14

2019 Sepember 14

Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin, September 13 and 14

                                                 13   14

Drepanulatrix sp.                   1      2                                

Lacinipolia pensilis                 2                                                

Neoalcis californiaria            1       1                                   

Udea profundalis                    4      1                                   

September 13

2019 September 13


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Today at Tod Creek Flats I saw two Woodland Skippers and one Cabbage White.  And that’s all for today, folks!

September 12 afternoon

2019 September 12 afternoon


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  I have never paid much attention to those little grass veneer moths that one sees almost everywhere in grassy fields, regarding them as both unidentifiable and uninteresting.  Jochen Möhr and Libby Avis coincidentally within a few days of each other obtained excellent photographs of these little moths, showing what interesting creatures they are.  Libby’s is identified as

Agriphila attenuata.  We haven’t as yet identified Jochen’s to species, but it is almost certainly of the same genus.


Agriphila attenuata (Lep.: Crambidae)  Libby Avis




Probably Agriphila sp. (Lep.: Crambidae)  Jochen Möhr


  There is a front page story in today’s Times-Colonist saying that three specimens of the Asian Giant Hornet Vespa mandarinia have been seen in Nanaimo.  They are said to vary in length from 3.5 cm to 5 cm (queens) with a wingspan of 7 mm.  Go and get a ruler and see what these numbers really mean!