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.

June 7

2021 June 7


   Jeremy Tatum has two micro moths this morning.  The first one, from a caterpillar raised on Cornus stolonifera, is easy:


Choristoneura rosaceana (Lep.: Tortricidae)   Jeremy Tatum


    The next one is not so easy, but it was tracked down for me by Libby Avis and Dave Holden as Cnephasia longana, a European invader.  I am sure many viewers have noticed Ox-eye Daisies with the white ray petals folded inwards:


Ox-eye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare (Asteraceae)   Jeremy Tatum


That is the work of this caterpillar:


Cnephasia longana (Lep.: Tortricidae)       Jeremy Tatum


…which grew into this moth (length 9 mm):

Female Cnephasia longana (Lep.: Tortricidae)       Jeremy Tatum