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.

June 8

2021 June 8


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  Here’s an Anise Swallowtail, reared from a caterpillar found last year.  The butterfly emerged today, and I released it on blackberry blossom near to some Fennel near to the Jeffery Pine on Mount Tolmie this morning.  There’s a good chance that you might see it there.


Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon (Lep.: Papilionidae) Jeremy Tatum


   Observations needed;

Has  anyone looked for Field Crescents?  I tried a couple of weeks ago, but saw none.

Observations needed of any elfins or hairsreaks – we have had only a few so far.

And Grizzled (“Checkered”) Skippers.

Parnassians:  If you see one, make a special effort to identify which one it is.