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 29

2021 June 29


   Laurie Tomandl writes:  I just spotted this critter outside my back door in Cordova Bay, just sitting on the baking hot cement in our current 38 degree weather at 7pm.  Is it a British Emerald?


  Yes, writes Jeremy Tatum .   Although we do have native emeralds here, this one is indeed the Common Emerald from Britain or Europe.   In the immediate area around Victoria, it is the commonest emerald.  Goodness knows how they got here – but we do have several European moths in the area.


Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Laurie Tomandl


   In addition to 11 Malacosoma californicum Jochen Möhr had the following moths at his Metchosin house this morning:


Idaea dimidiata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr




Bellura obliqua (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Smerinthus ophthalmica (Lep.: Sphingidae) Jochen Möhr


Raphia frater (Lep.:  Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Eupithecia sp. (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr