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.

July 9 morning

2016 July 9 morning


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Here is a Herald Moth, from Lochside Drive north of Blenkinsop Lake. July 9.  The Herald Moth is a long-lived moth, spending the winter in the adult state.  It is one of the first moths to be seen in early spring – it heralds in the spring, hence the name. Larval foodplant willow.

 Herald Moth Scoliopteryx libatrix (Lep.: Erebidae – Scoliopteryginae) Jeremy Tatum


   Thomas Barbin sends close-up photos of two “micro” moths and a bee from his Highland yard, July 8.


Emmelina monodactyla (Lep.: Pterophoridae)  Thomas Barbin


Glyphipterix bifasciata (Lep.: Glyphipterigidae) Thomas Barbin


Bee face    Thomas Barbin