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.

2021 June 26

2021 June 26


   Aziza Cooper writes:  On, June 23 at Swan Lake there were at least ten Lorquin’s Admirals. There was also a small moth above the entrance of the Nature Centre. The afternoon before, June 22, at Swan Lake, I took photos of a bee and an interesting dragonfly with a smoky blue colour [kindly identified by Dr Rob Cannings as a male Blue Dasher – JBT]


Lorquin’s Admiral  Limenitis lorquini (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Aziza Cooper


Eulithis xylina (Lep.: Geometridae)  Aziza Cooper


Honey Bee Apis mellifera (Hym.: Apidae) Aziza Cooper


Male Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis (Odo.: Libellulidae) Aziza Cooper

      Rosemary Jorna photographed this spider in the Kemp Lake area on June 25.  Misidentified by Jeremy Tatum (well, I got the Order right – I knew it was a spider) and properly identified by Dr Robb Bennett.

Crab spider Xysticus sp. (Ara.: Thomisidae)   Rosemary Jorna

   Jochen Möhr sends these from Metchosin:

Male Malacosoma californicum (Lep.: Lasiocampidae)  Jochen Möhr

Female Malacosoma californicum (Lep.: Lasiocampidae)  Jochen Möhr

Yellow Douglas Fir Borer Centrodera spurca (Col.: Cerambycidae)  Jochen Möhr

Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Lep.:  Oecophoridae)  Jochen Möhr