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.

April 26

2015 April 26


   Gordon Hart writes:  I have attached a photo of a nice geometrid moth that has been inside our greenhouse for about a week. I thought the brown colouring was a bit unusual.


    Jeremy Tatum replies:  Yes, this is a nice colour variety (which I haven’t seen) of the Barberry Geometer.  The foodplant of the caterpillar is usually listed as Barberry, although here in Victoria I have found it on Mahonia, which is in the same botanical family.

Barberry Geometer Coryphista meadii (Lep.: Geometridae)  Gordon Hart