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 27

2021 June 27


   Here’s a chrysalis of a Red Admiral from a caterpillar found near Blenkinsop Lake:

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Jeremy Tatum

   Genevieve St Denis writes:  My son and daughter found this unusual caterpillar in our yard, Gorge area of Victoria – a type of sawfly, likely Elm Sawfly.   [Yes – that’s what it is –  JBT]

Elm Sawfly Cimbex americana (Hym.: Cimbicidae)  Genevieve St Denis

   Aziza Cooper writes:  On June 25 at Mt Tolmie summit there were four Painted Ladies, one Western Tiger Swallowtail and three Lorquin’s Admirals.


  On June 26, at Quick’s Bottom, I went to the field halfway along the path between Wilkinson and Markham Roads and found four Ringlets near the fence on the north side. This field is very overgrown with hawthorn.

Painted Lady Vanessa cardui (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Aziza Cooper

Ringlet (aka Large Heath)  Coenonympha tullia (Lep.: Nymphalidae – Satyrinae)  Aziza Cooper

   Jochen Möhr had a nice haul at Metchosin last night:

Pasiphila rectangulata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Male Malacosoma californicum (Lep.: Lasiocampidae)  Jochen Möhr

Female Malacosoma californicum (Lep.: Lasiocampidae)  Jochen Möhr

Lophocampa maculata (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Jochen Möhr

Autographa ampla (Lep.: Noctuidae – Plusiinae) Jochen Möhr

   Here’s a White Satin moth from Swan Lake:

White Satin Moth Leucoma salicis (Lep.: Erebidae – Lymantriinae) Jeremy Tatum

   Aziza Cooper sends photographs of two insects  – the first below from from McMicking Point; the second from Cattle Point.   Jeremy Tatum writes:  I don’t  know what they are.  Under each picture I have put my best attempt at their Genus and Family.

Anthrax (Dip.: Bombyliidae)  Aziza Cooper

Ammophila (Hym.: Sphecidae)  Aziza Cooper