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 18

2023 September 18

Marie O’Shaughnessy photographed the colourful bee below in the Martindale Valley on September 14.

Agapostemon virescens (Hym.: Halictidae) Marie O’Shaughnessy


Kirsten Mills and Jeff Gaskin found this damselfly on the Metchosin Golf Course, Pears Road, on September 14.  Nearly all of the damselfly photographs that have appeared on this site have been of the Family Coenagrionidae, so it is good to see a different Family represented.  This is a Spreadwing  of the Family Lestidae – you can see why they are called spreadwings.   Dr Rob Cannings writes that it is a male — and almost certainly Lestes disjunctusFor absolute certainty he would need to see a dorsal view showing the exact shape of the paraprocts – but other aspects (e.g., thorax pattern) indicate L. disjunctus.

Northern Spreadwing  Lestes disjunctus  (Odo.: Lestidae)  Kirsten Mills