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 9

2021 July 9


   Jeremy Tatum reports a Painted Lady from the Mount Tolmie reservoir yesterday evening.

  Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

1 Amorbia cuneanum 

1 Dysstroma citrata

1 Malacosoma californicum 

1 Pasiphila rectangulata


Pasiphila rectangulata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Amorbia cuneanum (Lep.: Tortricidae)  Jochen Möhr

   Mr E sends a photograph of a spider from the Baynes Sound connector (cable) ferry. It is Larinioides sp.,  possibly L. sclopetarius, but more likely, suggests Robb Bennett, Larinioides patagiatus.

Larinioides (probably patagiatus)(Ara.: Araneidae)   Mr E