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.

2022 June 12

2022 June 12

    Jeff Gaskin writes:  June 11, on Christmas Hill one Anise Swallowtail at the summit and a Pale Tiger Swallowtail on my way down towards Rainbow Avenue.

   Barb McGrenere writes from the Cadboro Bay area:   This Cedar Hairstreak was feeding on June 11 on the flowers of our highbush cranberry. 

Cedar Hairstreak Incisalia rosneri (Lep.: Lycaenidae) Barb and Mike McGrenere

[Note: This butterfly may be found in the literature under many different names – English, genus and species.  It impractical to keep up with an ever-changing and extensive synonymy on this site.  For consistency we stick with one name throughout the site.]

   The scarcity of butterflies and moths this spring is tempting Jochen Möhr to try for other creatures.  He recorded this fly at Metchosin today:

Syritta pipiens (Dip.: Syrphidae)  Jochen Möhr

   Moths are not entirely absent, however, and John and Christine McClarnon found this large – if somewhat less than pristine –  giant silk moth in the Hazlitt Creek area.

Hyalophora euryalus (Lep.: Saturniidae) John and Christine McClarnon 

2022 June 10

2022 June 10

    Claire Ebendinger sends a photograph of a Cinnabar Moth from the Galloping Goose Trail at Matheson Lake, June 9.

Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Claire Ebendinger


Ken Vaughan writes:  Here’s a Pale Tiger Swallowtail from Mount Tolmie. I spent more than two hours waiting for this chap to settle down, and it never did give me a truly good angle from which to photograph him.  A Western Tiger  Swallowtail flew by and the difference was obvious.


Pale  Tiger Swallowtail Papilio eurymedon (Lep.: Papilionidae)  Ken Vaughan


Jeff Gaskin writes:  This morning, June 10, I saw some butterflies at the University of Victoria.  I saw my first of the year Pale Tiger Swallowtail, a very fresh Mourning Cloak, and one Western Tiger Swallowtail which still seem scarce this year.  Jeremy Tatum writes: I saw my second and third Western Tiger Swallowtails of the year today – one at Carey Road, Victoria, and one at Poplar Avenue, Saanich.



2022 June 8 morning

2022 June 8 morning

     Jeremy Tatum writes that yesterday, June 7, he saw his first swallowtail of the year – a Western Tiger Swallowtail  – at Carey Road, Victoria.   And at 5:00 p.m. there was a Red Admiral on the Mount Tolmie reservoir.  It was quite worn, and may be the same individual seen there on various dates since Val George’s photograph on May 8 (posted on May 9).

Aziza Cooper writes:  On June 7, at Mount Tolmie, I saw a Propertius Duskywing just north of Warbler Alley. A Large Yellow Underwing moth was in the grass nearby, and one bright yellow swallowtail flew by.  At Pedder Bay, there was one Western Spring Azure at the head of the inlet, and one Cinnabar Moth in the grassy parking lot.


Propertius Duskywing  Erynnis propertius (Lep.: Hesperiidae)   Aziza Cooper

Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Aziza Cooper

Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Aziza Cooper

   Jeremy Tatum sends a photograph of a caterpillar reared on Mahonia from an egg found at Munn Road:


Coryphista meadii (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jeremy Tatum


2022 June 6 afternoon

2022 June 6 afternoon

    Jochen Möhr writes:   An exodus of a colony of what I only know as “Sugar Ants”.  They are exceedingly tiny, perhaps something like 3 mm long, they are very vivid, and they were running up one of the corners of the home we are in.  Many were carrying tiny white specs.  I think they were transporting their larvae to the new home.  


Ants carrying larvae (Hym.: Formicidae)  Jochen Möhr

2022 June 6 morning

2022 June 6 morning

    Val George sends a photograph of a young female Dot-tailed Whiteface at the Munn Road Ponds, June 1.   Thanks to Dr Rob Cannings for confirming Val’s identification.


Dot-tailed Whiteface Leucorrhinia intacta (Odo.: Libellulidae)   Val George


Jeremy  Tatum sends a photograph of a micro moth reared from Armenian Blackberry, and identified by Libby Avis as Ditula angustiorana:


Ditula angustiorana (Lep.:  Tortricidae)  Jeremy Tatum


In spite of yesterday’s (June 5) wet weather, Gordon Hart saw a Pale Tiger Swallowtail in the Highlands during a brief sunny spell around mid-day.