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.

2021 June 28

2021 June 28

    Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

8 Malacosoma californicum (7f, 1m)

1 Pasiphila rectangulata

1 Spargania magnoliata

1 Tyria jacobaeae

Pasiphila rectangulata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Spargania magnoliata (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr


Jochen also sends photographs of a skipper and a damselfly:

Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Jochen Möhr

Boreal/Northern Bluet  Enallagma boreale/annexum (Odo.: Coenagrionidae)  Jochen Möhr

   Val George writes:   On June 27, I went to Swan Lake to look for Liam’s Black Saddlebags.  There were many dragonflies and damselflies near the lollipop. I counted at least eight species, including two Black Saddlebags. Two moths were on the walls near the entrance to the nature house, a Malacosoma californicum and the one in the photo, Coryphista meadii.

Coryphista meadii (Lep.: Geometridae)  Val George

  On June 26,  Rosemary Jorna photographed this small moth near Kemp Lake.   Identified by Libby Avis as a Cherry Bark Tortricid Enarmonia formosana.   The caterpillars do apparently feed on the bark of cherry and related trees.


Enarmonia formosana (Lep.: Tortricidae) Rosemary Jorna


Lynda Dowling sends a photograph of a Satyr Anglewing butterfly from her Happy Valley farm, June 28.

Satyr Anglewing Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Lynda Dowling


Jeremy Tatum writes that several Satyr Anglewings, originating as caterpillars on nettles along Lochside Drive north of Blenkinsop Lake, have been energing as adults in the last few days.