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 26 afternoon

2022 June 26 afternoon

    Jeremy Tatum writes:  This morning I saw my first Lorquin’s Admiral of the year, at Rithet’s Bog.   And this afternoon at 4:00 pm there were several Lorquin’s Admirals and Anise, Western Tiger and Pale Tiger Swallowtails flying around the Philadelphus  bush at the entrance to the Mount Tolmie reservoir.

Gordon Hart writes:  I went up Knockan Hill yesterday (June 25) and I actually saw a few butterflies: four Lorquin’s Admirals, a Western Spring Azure, four Western Tiger Swallowtails, and one Pale Tiger Swallowtail.  Later, I went to Fort Rodd Hill, and saw no butterflies at all. I think they will have more later in the season.  I don’t have any more butterfly photos, but I am enclosing a fly from Knockan Hill.

Jeremy Tatum responds:  I don’t know the exact species of fly – a specialist should be able to tell from Gordon’s photograph – but I believe it is a bombyliid of the genus Anthrax.


Anthrax sp. (Dip.: Bombyliidae)   Gordon Hart


Take a look at this spectacular video by Rosemary Jorna of a caterpillar of a Ceanothus Silk Moth Hyalophora euryalus eating Hardhack: