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 30

2021 April 30


May Butterfly Walk Cancelled

Message from Gordon Hart


   Because of the BC Public Health Officer’s ongoing efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19 and its variants, I have cancelled the May Butterfly Walk scheduled for Sunday, May 2.  Hiking outside is still encouraged, so please get out and enjoy the spring weather and look for butterflies. I have not finished compiling our recent April count, but at least eight species were found.
I hope next month will bring better news,



   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Here is a small caterpillar found on Ocean Spray on Christmas Hill.  It will grow much larger.



Tetracis jubararia (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jeremy Tatum


   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:

 This morning:

4 Eupithecia sp

1 Phyllodesma americana

1 Sabulodes aegrotata – a different one from yesterday

and one Dunno – later identified by Libby Avis as Egira curialis


Sabulodes aegrotata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Egira curialis (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr