N 48°59'   W 123°45'

Living moths of the west coast 

Coffin Point lies in Stuart Channel at the mouth of Ladysmith Harbour on Vancouver Island (B.C., Canada). Coffin Point and Coffin Island are so called for the traditional funerary practices of the local native tribe (the Stz'uminus First Nation).

Since 2013 I have been photographing the moths, spiders, and other night life near Coffin Point. Some images here will be from elsewhere, but none outside the mid-island area (Duncan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Lantzville).

There are some 2800+ species of moth to be found in the province. To date I have posted somewhere in the neighbourhood of 400 identified species (although some IDs are more certain than others).

There are the occasional update, but generally the taxonomy follows Pohl et al; 2018: Annotated checklist of the moths and butterflies of Canada and Alaska.

All species with a reasonably confident ID have been posted but do not include much of this year's efforts. Some species have been indexed under several names. In all cases this reflects an alternate name used by one or more sources listed for that species. The reasons for this range from simple but widespread mis-spelling of a name to taxonomic changes not yet, or not universally accepted.

Start here and follow the "Next" and "Prev" links at the top right of every page.
Arranged in taxonomic rank as ordered by Pohl.
Index of Families
A list of the families represented here.
Alphabetic Index
Sorted alphabetically by genus and species.
Hodges Index
Sorted by Hodges number.
Phylogenetic Index
Sorted by phylogenetic number.
About the pages
Notes about the data found in the various fields on the species accounts.
National Moth Week 2021
A daily record of observations during "National Moth Week" 2021.

All queries, errors, and especially suggestions regarding misidentifications should be directed to:

This website and all content herein are the property of and copyright Paul Westell. These pages were created on Slackware-Linux, using MCedit, Kwrite, and Kate. The images were edited with GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program). All photos were taken by Paul Westell unless otherwise credited.