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 23

2022 June 23

    Jeff Gaskin writes:  I saw 3 Mourning  Cloaks in three completely different spots on June 22, at Blenkinsop Lake.  Also, at the south end of the Blenkinsop Lake bridge amongst the stinging nettles was a Red Admiral.  At Swan Lake I finally saw my first of the year Lorquin’s Admiral.  I saw two there as well as a rather late Western Spring Azure,  5 Western Tiger Swallowtails and 2 Cabbage Whites.

Kirsten Mills told me she saw an Anise Swallowtail at the top of Observatory Hill on June 22.  Also there included 7 Pale Tiger Swallowtails, 3 Western Tiger Swallowtails, a Red Admiral, a Painted Lady, 2 Western Spring Azures, a Cabbage White, and 2 Lorquin’s Admirals.

   Aziza Cooper sends photographs of a butterfly and a bee from James Heights, June 23:

Pale Tiger Swallowtail Papilio eurymedon (Lep.: Papilionidae)  Aziza Cooper


Honey Bee Apis mellifera (Hym.: Apidae)  Aziza Cooper

   Jeremy Tatum sends a photograph of a moth reared from an egg found on Mahonia at Munn Road, May 25:

Coryphista meadii (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jeremy Tatum