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.

May 3 morning

2021 May 3 morning


   Val George writes: I checked out Mount Tolmie for butterflies on May 2 and I saw just one, a rather worn Mourning Cloak on the reservoir.


Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Val George


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Although I sighed yesterday that no one had reported any butterflies in our area (southern Vancouver Island birdwatching area) in the last two days, and I hadn’t seen any myself, Peter Boon writes from Nanaimo: This weekend was good for butterflies up here. May 1st had my first Pale Tiger Swallowtail fly through the yard and I also saw my first Western Spring Azures in Nanoose at Cross Road. Yesterday,May  2nd,  I saw a beautiful fresh Western Brown Elfin in the yard.