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.

March 15

2019 March 15

   Now that it’s less cold than it has been for some time, a few insects are beginning to stir.  Nathan Fisk saw the bee below in Oak Bay on March 13.  It looks rather like a Honey Bee Apis mellifera, but we can’t be quite sure, so I’ll just label it “bee”!

Bee (Hym.: Apidae)  Nathan Fisk


   The first butterfly to be reported to Invertebrate Alert in 2018 was on March 11. We are promised some slightly warmer temperatures this weekend, so I expect some butterfly reports to come in!  Jeremy Tatum