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 20 evening

2019 March  20 evening


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  I don’t think I have ever done three postings in a day before – but this one can’t wait.  It is hill-topping time on Mount Tolmie again.  At 4:30 this afternoon, three apparently pristine-fresh California Tortoiseshells were besporting themselves on the reservoir atop Mount Tolmie.  They were putting on a tremendous display, chasing each other around, and showing off their beautiful wings.  They were attracting the attention of other people o n the reservoir – it has to be pretty spectacular for that to happen.  When I got there at 4:40, Kirsten Mills was already there and she had already photographed one of them, seen below.

  Butterfliers should note that nymphalid and other butterflies typically hill-top in the late afternoon and early evening.  As well as Mount Tolmie, it would be worth checking Mount Douglas, Christmas Hill and Highrock Hill.

California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Kirsten Mills