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 (jtatum@uvic.ca). 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.

2021 December 29

2021 December 29

    On December 21, Gordon Hart found a chrysalis of a Tiger Swallowtail  (we can’t tell whether it is Western or Pale) at his Highlands home.  The silken pad in which it has embedded its cremaster is on a tiny fragment of bark which has become detached from the twig, so that the chrysalis is hanging awkwardly from its waist girdle.  Gordon is investigating the possibility of re-attaching the fragment to the twig so that the butterfly can eclode safely.

Tiger Swallowtail Papilio sp. (Lep.: Papilionidae)   Gordon Hart