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.

May 15 morning

2019 May 15 morning


   Jeremy Tatum writes:   It won’t be long now before we start to see Lorquin’s Admiral butterflies.  Here is a caterpillar of one from near Blenkinsop Lake this morning.  I usually find them on Ocean Spray, Willow or Crabapple.  This one is on Black Hawthorn.


Lorquin’s Admiral  Limenitis lorquini (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Jeremy Tatum


   And another familiar caterpillar from the same location, on Willow, the White Satin Moth:


White Satin Moth Leucoma salicis (Lep.: Erebidae – Lymantriinae) Jeremy Tatum