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 18

2021 July 18

    Jeff Gaskin writes:  Kirsten Mills has had a Mourning Cloak around where she lives on Shelbourne Street near Hillside Mall the last few days.  I’ve only seen Cabbage Whites, 12 Lorquin’s Admirals and about 5 Western Tiger Swallowtails in the Gorge/Cuthbert Holmes Park area. 

   Gordon Hart writes from the Highlands:  On Saturday , July 17, I saw my first Woodland Skipper of the year. There were also several Cabbage Whites , a Western Tiger Swallowtail, and a Lorquin’s Admiral. There are lots of dragonflies around now, including Western Pondhawks. I have attached a photo of a female.

Female Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Gordon Hart



Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Gordon Hart

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  I learn something new every day.  I was looking at the Sussex (England) butterfly site     and it mentioned that the shape of the tip of the antenna in Ochlodes  is different from that in Thymelicus.  (In terms of our butterflies here, that is Woodland and Essex Skippers.)   That sounds like a challenge for someone here to get a pair of photographs to illustrate this. In addition, it would be nice to get a photograph of the underside of the tip of the antenna of an Essex Skipper.  It is usually black.   If you find one in which the underside of the tip is orange, I would be very excited indeed.

   Jeremy continues:  It is the time of year to cast our eyes upwards from time to time to look for Pine Whites.