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 29

2021 April 29


   Jochen Möhr’s moths from  Metchosin this morning.  Thanks to Libby Avis, as ever, for identifications.

Jeremy Tatum writes:  According to the Index, we’ve had the first of these only once before on this site – and I can’t find the image!  Libby tells us that it is associated with oaks.


Meganola minuscula (Lep.: Nolidae)  Jochen Möhr


Sabulodes aegrotata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


American Lappet Moth Phyllodesma americana (Lep.: Lasiocampidae)  Jochen Möhr



Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Venusia obsoleta/pearsalli (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


   Ron Flower writes: Out at the Goldstream River today April 29th, I got this shot of a water strider and a surprise visit from a Pale Tiger Swallowtail. Seems early to me for them? What do you think? Also at the Munn Road power line we saw many Western Spring Azures and a fly-by of a comma.


  Jeremy Tatum writes: We usually have to wait until May for Pale Tiger Swallowwtails, but in 2016 the first was on April 21, and in 2015 the first was on April 19.


Pale Tiger Swallowtail  Papilio eurymedon (Lep.: Papilionidae) Ron Flower


Water Strider (Hem.: Gerridae)  Ron Flower


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  This afternoon I saw a Satyr Comma (my first of the season) and two Mourning Cloaks along the Lochside trail north of Blenkinsop Lake.