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 23

2015 April 23


   Happy St George’s Day, everyone!


   We are having some slight teething problems with the monthly Butterfly Count.  Notwithstanding previous instructions (which I have now corrected on the April 19 and 22 postings), it seems that the safest way to get your Butterfly Count results to Aziza is to log on to the Victoria Natural History Society website:


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


Scott Gilmore writes: 

   Here are a couple of interesting finds from Monday (April 20th).  My first grasshopper of the year an Awl-shaped Pygmy Grasshopper (Tetrix subulata) and a very small beetle that I found crawling across my windscreen.  At 2 mm long this native of Australia is rather interesting once you get close enough to make out some details. Cartodere bifasciata 


Awl-shaped Pygmy Grasshopper Tetrix subulata (Orth.: Tetrigidae) Scott Gilmore

Cartodere bifasciata (Col: Latridiidae)  Scott Gilmore