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 30

2021 June 30


   Ron Flower sends pictures of a Bumble Bee at Goldstream Park and a pair of Sheep Moths at Uplands Park:


Bombus vosnesenskii  (Hym.: Apidae)  Ron Flower


Sheep Moths Hemileuca eglanterina (Lep.: Saturniidae)  Ron Flower


   Jeremy Tatum sends a photograph of a snout moth Hypena californica:


Hypena californica (Lep.: Erebidae – Hypeninae)  Jeremy Tatum


   Aziza Cooper writes:  Today, June 30, one moth was over the entrance to the Swan Lake Nature House, and five or more Lorquin’s Admirals were along the trails. I also saw four Western Tiger Swallowtails and one Essex Skipper:


Female Malacosoma disstria (Lep.: Lasiocampidae)   Aziza Cooper


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