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.

April 22

2015 April 22


   An important message from Aziza:


Hi Butterfly Counters,


The VNHS website has been changed and the old Butterfly Count form link doesn’t work. Please log in to the Victoria Natural History website using the link:

Then, under “Popular Items” on the right hand side, click on “Butterfly Count”.

If you’ve submitted a count using the old form, could you please re-submit using the new form? I haven’t been receiving any of your count forms, so unless you re-send the data will be lost.


I’m really sorry for the extra work. Hopefully the transition will go smoothly now.


Thanks very much,

Aziza Cooper



   Nathan Fisk writes:  I spotted this Moss’s Elfin on a rock outcrop south of Thetis Lake.


Moss’s Elfin Incisalia mossii (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Nathan Fisk


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Here is a click beetle from Mount Douglas Beach Park this morning.  Thank you, Scott Gilmore for identifying it for me!


Selatosomus suckleyi (Col.: Elateridae)  Jeremy Tatum


   Jeremy adds:  I saw a Satyr Comma and a Red Admiral at Lochside Drive south of Lohbrunner’s this afternoon.


   Bill Katz found a Cerisy’s Eyed Hawk Moth and an Anticlea vasiliata at Goldstream Park today.


Anticlea vasiliata (Lep.: Geometridae) Bill Katz