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.

2024 April 8

2024 April 8

   Jochen Möhr sends photographs of three moths from Metchosin, all out of tripod reach, and all presenting identification challenges.  One is one of the difficult pair Eupithecia nevadata/ravocostaliata, but the mid-costal mark is brown and triangular, and Jochen, Jeremy Tatum and Libby Avis all agree that it is E. nevadata.  Another is a member of the notoriously difficult pair Triphosa haesitata/Rheumaptera [formerly Coryphista] meadii – but all three of us readily agree that this one is Triphosa haesitata.  The third one, a noctuid, was more difficult, but Libby managed to identify it as Ufeus satyricus sagittarius.

Eupithecia nevadata (Lep.: Geometridae)   Jochen Möhr

Triphosa haesitata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Ufeus satyricus  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr