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 17

2019 May 17


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Here is a Lorquin’s Admiral caterpillar preparing to pupate:


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

Jeremy Tatum


   Jeremy Tatum continues:  At Panama Flats this afternoon I saw an American Lady.

I also found a caterpillar (shown below) of an Essex Skipper on Reed Canary Grass.


Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Jeremy Tatum


   There was nothing on the Mount Tolmie reservoir at 6:00 pm today, but there were three Painted Ladies near the Jeffery Pine nearby.