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.

January 29

2019 January 29


   Mark Wynja writes with sadness of the destruction of one of the best butterfly areas on Vancouver Island.  He writes:

This WAS the best spot to find butterflies in the Nanaimo area. It was also one the best places on Vancouver Island rivaling Mount Cokely and Mount Washington. Known as Km14 of the Nanaimo River Road. About 6 km of this road has had all the trees removed along the north side. For reference, you can see the large boulder in both photos, centered on the before photo and on the far left on the after photo. Heavy equipment has heavily damaged the roadside meadow of spreading dogbane and a nearby wetland has been obliterated.

                                                                                                                                 Mark Wynja

                                                                                                                                                Mark Wynja