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.

June 11 morning

2019 June 11 morning


   Tim Zurowski writes:  I went out today and decided to try the field just south of the First Nations graveyard.  The Field Crescents are abundant at that location. Pretty much every step I took flushed one or two. They are all over that field. Really nice to see that they are doing well. Sure wish there was a way to save one of these locations for them. Anyway, I wouldn’t hazard to guess a number, but it would easily be 100+. Got hundreds of images to go through, but here’s one that I processed when I got home.



Field Crescent Phyciodes pratensis (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Tim Zurowski


   After that, I drove to Mount Tolmie and got Anise, Western Tiger and Pale Tiger Swallowtails, Lorquin’s Admiral, Purplish Copper, Cabbage White, a small blue one that I did not get a good enough look to suggest an ID, but looks like the Western Spring Azure, and a small brown one [Cedar Hairstreak?  – Jeremy] that I have never seen before. Possibly a moth though.


   Aziza Cooper writes:  Yesterday, June 10, I found one Cedar Hairstreak along Memorial Crescent next to Ross Bay Cemetery. Also in the cemetery were one each of Pale and Western Tiger Swallowtails, and Cabbage White.




         Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:

Apamea sordens 1
Homorthodes hanhami 1
Nadata gibbosa 1
Pero morrisonaria 1
Plagodis phlogosaria  1
Stenoporpia excelsaria 1



Homorthodes hanhami (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr


Plagodis phlogosaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Stenoporpia excelsaria (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Apamea sordens (Lep.: Noctuidae)   Jochen Möhr


Pale Tiger Swallowtail Papilio eurymedon (Lep.: Papilionidae)  Jochen Möhr



   Jeremy Tatum writes:  I am interested in seeing to what extent the shape of the “comma” mark on the underside of our comma species can help with the identification of the species.  Here is a not very good photograph of a male Satyr Comma from Goldstream Park, though it does show the comma mark fairly well.


Male Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae)

Jeremy Tatum


   Here is geometrid moth from Playfair Park, Saanich:


Sicya crocearia (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jeremy Tatum



     Annie Pang sends photographs of her first Lorquin’s Admiral of the year, from Gorge Park:


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


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


   Sharon Godkin sends photographs of a White Satin Moth caterpillar.  She remarks:  
Note how neatly it has trimmed the tissue along the vein.



White Satin Moth Leucoma salicis (Lep.: Erebidae – Lymantriinae) Sharon Godkin


White Satin Moth Leucoma salicis (Lep.: Erebidae – Lymantriinae) Sharon Godkin