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 July 10 evening

2024 July 10 evening

Jeremy Tatum writes:  This snipe fly was on my living-room window this morning, and it permitted me only a silhouette for a photograph (it is a dorsal [sic] view).  It bears a very close resemblance to a male European Chrysopilus cristatus, although I haven’t been able to determine if that species occurs here.


Snipe fly Chrysopilus (possibly cristatus) (Dip.: Rhagionidae)  Jeremy Tatum


Apamea is a large genus of noctuid moths.  In the last few days, we have had three representative species on Invertebrate Alert:
July 4:   A. cuculliformis
July 7     A. amputatrix
July 8     A. probably atriclava

And yesterday, Libby Avis had another one in Port Alberni:
July 9     A. probably antennata

Here is Libby’s:

Apamea (probably antennata)  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Libby Avis