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.

October 16

2020 October 16


   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Mechosin this morning:


2 Drepanulatrix sp.

1 Eupithecia sp.

1 Epirrita autumnata

2 Orthosia mys

1 Sunira decipiens


Sunira decipiens (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

October 14

2020 October 14


   Here are a snail, a slug and a bug photographed by Ian Cooper from Colquitz River Park:


Dark-bodied Glass Snail  Oxychilus draparnaudi (Pul.: Daubebariidae)  Ian Cooper


Dark-bodied Glass Snail  Oxychilus draparnaudi (Pul.: Daubebariidae)  Ian Cooper


Grey Field Slug  Deroceras reticulatum (Pul.: Agriolimacidae)  Ian Cooper



Western Conifer Seed Bug  Leptoglossum occidentalis (Hem.: Coreidae)  Ian Cooper


  Ian also has a video of a woodlouse – probably Oniscus asellus which can be reached by clicking on    (or try ctrl + click).


October 13

2020 October 13


   Jeff Gaskin writes that there was a Painted Lady near the Jeffery Pine on Mount Tolmie yesterday afternoon, October 12.


   A spider, a harvestman and a snail from near the 9 km marker on the Galloping Goose trail, photographed by Ian Cooper.  The spider is a nice artistic picture, but we shan’t attempt to identify it!

Spider     Ian Cooper

Harvestman     Ian Cooper


Lancetooth snail (Pul.: Haplotrematidae)   Ian Cooper


   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:


1 Agrochola pulchella

1 Agrochola purpurea

1 Tetracis sp.


Tetracis sp. (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Agrochola purpurea (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Agrochola pulchella (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


October 12

2020 October 12


   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:


1 Drepanulatrix sp.
1 Agrochola purpurea

1 Lithomoia germana 

1 Sunira decipiens

1 Tetracis sp.

and one rather pretty caddisfly  identified by Libby Avis as Halesochila taylori


Drepanulatrix monicaria/secundaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Caddisfly Halesochila taylori (Tri.: Limnephilidae) Jochen Möhr