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 evening

2019 May 15 evening


   Jeremy Tatum sends a photograph of Spilosoma virginica, reared from a Yellow Woolly Bear caterpillar found last year in the Blenkinsop valley, where the moth was released today.


Spilosoma virginica (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Jeremy Tatum


   He writes:  Today I spent about 45 minutes on the Panhandle Trail off Munn Road, and I saw 16 Western Spring Azures, one Cedar Hairstreak, and one Sara Orangetip.


   Rosemary Jorna sends, from the Kemp Lake area, a photograph of a Narcissus Bulb Fly.


Narcissus Bulb Fly  Merodon equestris (Dip.: Syrphidae) Rosemary Jorna


More tomorrow…