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.

September 4

2016 September 3, morning


   Monthly butterfly walk, Sunday September 4.   All welcome.   Meet at the top of  Mount Tolmie, 1:00 p.m.


    Rosemary Jorna writes that the moth below was resting on the duff in her Kemp Lake garden yesterday morning.  It is a Large Yellow Underwing moth, a European species by now well established here.  The shape is quite characteristic.  Although the pattern and colour on the wings is very variable, and this is an extreme pale version, one can usually recognize the species by the double black spot near the apex – a feature that is very obvious in this example.

Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)   Rosemary Jorna