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 afternoon

2019 June 18 afternoon


   Jeff Gaskin writes:  I’ve been doing a few butterfly counts and I just thought I’d pass on to you a few results:

 Today, June 18 in Layritz Park I saw  26 Essex  Skippers, 24 Ringlets, and 2 Lorquin’s Admirals. Along Markham Road and at Quick’s Bottom I saw another Ringlet plus 7 Lorquin’s Admirals, and 2 Western Tiger Swallowtails.

On June 17, at Panama Flats I counted 125 Cabbage Whites, 94 European Skippers, 14 Lorquin’s Admirals, 1 Painted Lady, and 10 Western Tiger Swallowtails.

On June 16, at Swan Lake I saw 27 Lorquin’s Admirals, 4 Cabbage Whites, and 12 Western Tiger Swallowtails.

And finally on June 15 in Cuthbert Holmes Park I saw 3 Cabbage Whites, 5 Essex Skippers, 14 Lorquin’s Admirals, and 2 Western Tiger Swallowtails.


   Val George writes:  This afternoon, June 17, there were 3 Purplish Coppers at Island View Beach (48.582714/-123.372904) (photo of one).  Also there were:  about 10 Lorquin’s Admirals; one Painted Lady; about a dozen Cabbage Whites; 2 Essex Skippers.  Also saw and photographed these two dragonflies:  Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata; Cardinal Meadowhawk, Sympetrum illotum.


Male Purplish Copper Lycaena helloides (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Val George

Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata (Odo.: Libellulidae) Val George


   Jeremy Tatum notes:  According to Rob Cannings’ book Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and the Yukon, this species “usually perches flat on the ground”.  This individual has evidently read the book.


Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Val George

  …and this one, according to the same book, perches “with wings cocked downward”.  Two well-read dragonflies.