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 5 evening

2021 April 5 evening


   Val George writes:  It looks as though the butterfly season has really started.  Today, April 5, I saw a Sara Orangetip and two Cabbage Whites, and one of the two birders with me today saw a Mourning Cloak yesterday.  The Sara Orangetip was at Fort Rodd Hill and the Mourning Cloak was at Macaulay Point.


   Kirsten Mills writes:  Jeff Gaskin and I went today, April 5th, to Mount Tolmie. On the summit, at around 4:15pm, we had a California Tortoiseshell. Here is a picture. My first photograph of a butterfly with my new camera. 


California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Kirsten Mills