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.

April 18

2018 April 18


   Barb McGrenere writes: Mike and I took a walk along the Lochside Trail in Blenkinsop Valley this afternoon.  We saw one Western Spring Azure (quick flyby) along Lohbrunner, and one Cabbage White along Lochside Trail just south of Lohbrunner.


   Nathan Fisk writes “What a Day!”  And he sends photographs from Fort Rodd Hill Learning Meadow, April 17, mostly of our lovely spring flowers, but (only just!) allowed on this site because there is an insect in each! 


Bombus vosnesenskii  and Dodecatheon sp.   Nathan Fisk   



Bombus sp.  and Dodecatheon sp.   Nathan Fisk   




Bombus sp.  and Dodecatheon sp.   Nathan Fisk   


Andrena sp. and Camassia sp.  Nathan Fisk


Anthocharis sara (Lep.: Pieridae) and Erythronium sp.  Nathan Fisk


April 17

2018 April 17


   Today’s posting is hardly an “alert”, since it dates from last fall, but I thought that it was sufficiently interesting that it certainly ought to be shared.  Robin Robinson writes that he saw some moths that “were hibernating in a prospector mine shaft that I was looking through last fall on Jocelyn Hill. There were probably about 50 of them on the ceiling of the cave.”


American Tissue Moth Triphosa haesitata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Robin Robinson

American Tissue Moth Triphosa haesitata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Robin Robinson


April 15

2018 April 15


   Jeremy Tatum writes:   There are lots of dark-coloured flies that one encounters on the rotting seaweed on the seashore. I managed to photograph one of them on Mount Douglas Beach yesterday afternoon.  I think it is probably a coelopid, but there are flies in other families (e.g. Scathophagidae, Muscidae) that have members that occur on rotting seaweed.  It’s certainly not a muscid, so for the time being I’m labelling it as a probable coelopid.


Fly (Dip.: probably Coelopidae)   Jeremy Tatum



   I see from the bcvibirds website that Robin Robinson saw a Moss’s Elfin on Skirt Mountain on April 14.

April 13

2018 April 13


   Thomas Barbin writes:  Here are a couple of photographs of a Golden Buprestid Buprestis aurulenta that I found on April 9, 2018, at Goldstream Provincial Park.


Golden Buprestid Buprestis aurulenta (Col.: Buprestidae) Thomas Barbin


Golden Buprestid Buprestis aurulenta (Col.: Buprestidae) Thomas Barbin









April 12 evening

2108 April 12 evening


 More of Jochen’s moths from Metchosin.


Hydriomena manzanita (Lep.: Geometridae)    Jochen Moehr


Egira crucialis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr


Egira simplex (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr


Cussusa indiscreta (Lep.: Erebidae)  Jochen Moehr


Feralia deceptiva  (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr


Orthosia praeses (Lep.: Noctuidae)


Eupithecia ravocostaliata/nevadata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jocjen Moehr


Cladaria limitaria (Lep.: Geometridae_  Jochen Moehr


Egira hiemalis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr

Egira perlubens (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Moehr