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 June 21

2022 June 21

    We may not have had much of a Spring, but welcome to Summer, which started at 2:13 PDT this morning.

No sooner had we described (yesterday) Noctua pronuba as an “abundant and ubiquitous” moth than two more photographs arrived today – one from Margaret McKenzie from her barbecue table (which we are trying to locate) and one from Aziza Cooper from Bowker Street.  Margaret noted the yellow hindwings.  The challenge would be to photograph the hindwings, which none of us managed to do!


Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Margaret McKenzie

Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Aziza Cooper

  Aziza also reported a Ringlet (Large Heath) at Island View Beach:


Ringlet Coenonympha tullia (Lep.: Nymphalidae – Satyrinae)  Aziza Cooper


In the Highlands yesterday Gordon counted 1 Green Comma, 2 worn Western Spring Azures, 2 Cedar Hairstreaks, and one Western Tiger Swallowtail.


   Bryan Gates photographed the butterfly below along Uplands Road on June 20.  It has no maculation and I can’t be sure (writes Jeremy Tatum) what it is, but I’m thinking probably a worn Cabbage White.  We’d be glad to hear of any opinions.


Pieris rapae? (Lep.: Pieridae)  Bryan Gates