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.

2022 May 9

2022 May 9

    Jeff Gaskin writes:  Just a couple of butterflies of note seen in the last two days.  First of all a Western Spring Azure seen on the Royal Roads University grounds.  It was seen while on the VNHS birding trip there.  Today,  May 9, a Mourning Cloak was in the south east corner of Panama Flats which was also where it was, the same spot, a few days ago when Geoffrey Newell saw it

Val George writes:  On May 8, I saw my first Red Admiral of the season. It was on the reservoir at Mount Tolmie. And for viewers of this site who may not have seen the short write-up I did for the most recent issue of the VNHS Newsletter, this past winter I put together a website called Vancouver Island Butterflies – a Photographic Guide. It can be found most easily by going to   [See also the April 30 entry on this site – Jeremy Tatum.]


Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta  (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Val George


Rosemary Jorna writes:  A micro moth and  a small fly from the Galloping Goose yesterday  between Charters and Tod Creek trestles.  Jeremy Tatum writes:  The moth is Adela trigrapha, but I’m afraid I don’t even know the Family of the fly!  If any viewer can help, please do so!


Adela trigrapha (Lep.: Adelidae)  Rosemary Jorna

Unknown dipteran   Rosemary Jorna