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 July 2


2021 July 2

    Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

1 Brachyloma rectifascia

1 Eupithecia sp.  

1 Furcula scolopendrina

4 Malacosoma californicum


Brachyloma rectifascia  (Lep.:  Noctuidae)   Jochen Möhr

Furcula scolopendrina Lep.: Notodontidae)   Jochen Möhr

Female Malacosoma californicum (Lep.: Lasiocampidae) Jochen Möhr


Rosemary Jorna sends pictures from Otter Point of a cicada and a beewolf  (not to be confused with Beowulf!).

Cicada Okanagana sp. (Hem.: Cicadidae)  Rosemary Jorna

Beewolf Philanthus crabroniformis (Hym.: Crabronidae)  Rosemary Jorna

   Marie O’Shaughnessy sends a photograph of a male Polyphemus Moth found in a garden along Tudor Road, Ten Mile Point, on June 8

Antheraea polyphemus (Lep.: Saturniidae)  Marie O’Shaughnessy


Here’s a caterpillar of a Vapourer  or Rusty Tussock moth from Swan Lake:

Rusty Tussock or Vapourer Orgyia antiqua (Lep.:  Erebidae – Lymantriinae)  Jeremy Tatum