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 17 evening

2019 June 17 evening


   Mike Yip photographed some nice dragonflies in his Nanoose garden, June 16.  Thanks to Rob Cannings for confirming the identifications.


Male Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Mike Yip


Female Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Mike Yip



Male Common Green Darner  Anax junius (Odo.: Aeshnidae)  Mike Yip


   Jeremy Tatum shows a photograph of a caterpillar of the Western Brown Elfin butterfly, from Munn Road, in typical pose with its head buried in a Salal flower.


Western Brown Elfin Incisalia iroides (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Jeremy Tatum