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 18 morning

2019 June 18 morning


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  I walked a little way along the railway north of Cowichan Station yesterday.  Both sides of the railway have been sprayed with herbicide, doing a very good job of destroying the vegetation there.  In spite of that, I saw a Clodius Parnassian and about 10 Margined Whites.  These were second generation, in which at least the males are absolutely pure immaculate white on both wings, above and below, unlike the early spring generation in which there is some maculation above, and the veins on the underside of the hindwings are heavily emphasized,  Also seen were about half-a-dozen each of Lorquin’s Admiral and Western Tiger Swallowtail, and it seemed every few yards a Common Whitetail dragonfly.

   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:  After five days of NOTHING, which may be even more noteworthy than the two individuals, who kindly volunteered to appear on my wall finally, I got these two, tentatively identified as L. cuneata and Hydriomena sp Libby Avis writes:  Hydriomena speciosata, plus agree on Lacinipolia – possibly cuneata again but looks a bit faded, so hard to be certain.

Hydriomena speciosata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr




Lacinipolia (possibly cuneata) (Lep.:  Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr