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.

2023 September 13

2023 September 13

    Marie O’Shaughnessy writes:  I was at Martindale,  McIntyre Reservoir, Sept 11th after 4 pm, and saw 2 Variegated Meadowhawks
2 Blue Dashers
1 Cardinal Meadowhawk
1 Blue Dasher
2 Paddletailed Darners

Also 2 Paddletailed Darners along Lamont Road, Martindale .

I saw 3 Cabbage Whites at this location and a further four along Martindale Road.

Marie comments that it has been a good season for Variegated Meadowhawks.  She sends this photograph of one from McIntyre reservoir.

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum  (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Marie O’Shaughnessy

At Outerbridge Park she saw just two Cabbage Whites and one Paddle-tailed Darner.

She sends a photograph of an Orb-weaver Spider from there, with a wasp as prey.

Araneus diadematus (Ara.: Araneidae)  Marie O’Shaughnessy