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 July 17

2021 July 17

    Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:

 This morning 

1 Carcina quercana

1 Furcula scolopendrina (same as yesterday)

1 Noctua pronuba.

 No pictures taken.

    Jeremy Tatum writes:   I met someone at UVic today who had taken a photograph of the Red Admiral on Mount Tolmie on July 15.  I say “the” Red Admiral, because I’m assuming it is the one that I released there on July 4, and which Jeff Gaskin presumably saw on July 9.   The person who photographed it told me that the Red Admiral was sitting on one of the pale patches on the Mount Tolmie reservoir.  I have remarked before (only semi-seriously) that the hill-topping nymphalids on the reservoir prefer to sit on the pale patches.  Maybe it is actually true!