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.

June 29 morning

2020 June 29 morning


   Ron Flower sends photographs of a Satyr Comma from Cowichan Station, and a Dun Skipper on the way to Kinsol Trestle.


Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Ron Flower

Dun Skipper Euphyes vestris (Lep.: Hesperiidae)   Ron Flower

   Jeff Gaskin tells us that Kirsten Mills saw a Milbert’s Tortoiseshell on the top of Mount Tolmie shortly before 5:00 pm yesterday, June 28.  Jeremy Tatum was on Mount Tolmie at 6:30 pm and he saw two Painted Ladies near the Jeffery Pine;  nothing on the reservoir.


Val George writes:  I took this photo of a Western Red Damsel Amphiagrion abbreviatum, yesterday, June 28, at Island View Park.


Western Red Damsel Amphiagrion abbreviatum (Odo.: Coenagrionidae)  Val George

Jochen Möhr’s moths at Metchosin  this morning:


1 Callizzia amorata

1 Eupithecia sp.

1 Protitame subalbaria

1 Tyria jacobaeae