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.

May 22 morning

2020 May 22 morning


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  There are quite a few caterpillars of Satyr Comma along Lochside Drive north of Blenkinsop Lake.  I hope this is a sign that the numbers of these butterflies are coming back after a few lean years.  One just hopes that Saanich will not cut or spray the verges.


Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Jeremy Tatum

    Jeff Gaskin writes:  Yesterday morning,  May 21,  I found 32 Ringlets in their usual location, Layritz Park.


Rosemary Jorna writes:  We were back on the Whiffin Spit today.  We saw one  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle  but the real surprise was two live Pacific Sideband Snails and one empty shell in different  locations.   I associate these snails with the forest,  but these three were under the vegetation well into the gravelly, grassy harbour side  of the trail. This is a harsh exposed environment.  The second live snail was much smaller,  and it was raining too hard to photograph.

Coccinella septempunctata (Col.: Coccinellidae)  Rosemary Jorna

Monadenia fidelis (Pul.: Bradybaenidae) Rosemary Jorna

Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin yesterday and today:


May 21

1 Egira rubrica

2 Eupithecia spp.

1 Eupithecia cretaceata

1 Melanolophia imitata

3 Tyria jacobaeae

1 Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli

1 Xanthorhoe defensaria


May 22

1 Apamea cinefacta

1 Coryphista meadii

1 Eupithecia sp.

1 Lacinipolia cuneata/pensilis

1 Melanolophia imitata

4 Tyria jacobaeae

1 Xanthorhoe defensaria


Lacinipolia cuneata/pensilis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Apamea cinefacta (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr