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 September 21 evening

2022 September 21 evening

    Marie O’Shaughnessy and two companions saw 2 Striped Meadowhawks,  1 Blue-eyed Darner, 1 Common Green Darner,  and a Mourning Cloak butterfly in Uplands Park at noon, September 21.

Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum pallipes (Odo.: Libellulidae)


Mike Yip photographed a pair of dragonflies in cop. at Nanoose,  September 19:


Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum pallipes (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Mike Yip

Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum pallipes (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Mike Yip


Mike also photographed this tachinid fly.  Although it resembles Tachina algens, and may indeed be that species, we are grateful to Dr Rob Cannings, who went to the trouble of examining similar specimens of Tachina sp in the RBCM, and he concluded that it is not safe to identify the species with certainty, and it is best to leave it at genus level.

Tachina sp. (possibly algens) (Dip.: Tachinidae)  Mike Yip


Ian Cooper sends a photograph of a damsel bug  photographed before dawn, September 18 , at View Royal by the Galloping Goose trail.

Nabis (possibly roseipennis) (Hem.:  Nabidae)  Ian Cooper


Val George writes:  This afternoon, September 21, I went to McIntyre Reservoir to check out the Orange Sulphurs that have been seen there recently. I saw three and maybe two more – the additional two may have been the ones I’d seen earlier.


Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme (Lep.: Pieridae)  Val George