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.

February 7

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   Bill Katz’s wonderful garage on Summit Hill produced a few moths yesterday.  I think I may have asked before _ I believe there was a Greman WWI monoplane with a shape somewhat like that of Emmelina monodactyla. Can anyone think of what it was? I’m not sure what species the pug is – Eupithecia can be difficult.  Phigalia plumogeraria  is one of our earliest spring geometrids, having appeared on this site on dates ranging from January 19 to March 14.  Like Operophtera and Erannis, the female is wingless and flightless.    Jeremy Tatum.


Emmelina monodactyla (Lep.: Pterophoridae) Bill Katz

Pug Eupithecia sp. (Lep.: Geometridae) Bill Katz

Phigalia plumogeraria (Lep.: Geometridae) Bill Katz