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 August 2 afternoon

2022 August 2 afternoon

    On July 15 we showed a photograph of a tiny Red Admiral  caterpillar.  On July 29 we showed what progress it had made by July 27.  (It was already a chrysalis.)  Let’s have a look and see if it has made any further progress today:

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta (Lep.: Nymphalidae)   Jeremy Tatum

It has emerged as an adult!   Unfortunately,  I had an appointment to keep and I was unable to spend the time to get a photograph of its beautiful upperside.  I released the butterfly on Buddleia in the Finnerty Gardens at UVic.   I saw two Woodland Skippers in the Gardens – the first I have seen this year.


   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:  This morning’s lonely visitor at the light was what I think is Spargania magniolata[Libby Avis agrees!]

Spargania magniolata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

  Jeff Gaskin writes: 

  Kirsten Mills and I drove a lot around the Nanaimo logging roads yesterday, August 1st.  On Northwest Bay logging road we found 3 Hydaspe Fritillaries, 5 Common Wood Nymphs, 6 Pale and 4 Western Tiger Swallowtails and 17 Lorquin’s Admirals.

  On the roads up Mount Cokeley, we found an Anna’s Blue, 11 Hydaspe Fritillaries, 3 Pale and 7 Western Tiger Swallowtails, 2 Mourning Cloaks,  1 Satyr Comma and 10 Lorquin’s Admirals.

 Today, I saw a Western Tiger Swallowtail in Esquimalt Gorge Park.  Dragonflies I saw also in the park included a female Western Pondhawk, and a Blue-eyed Darner. I also saw a Common Whitetail along the Northwest Bay logging road.