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.

2024 March 19

2024 March 19

Spring starts at 10:06 pm PDT this evening.

Aziza photographed this Mourning Cloak on the Mount Tolmie reservoir on March 18.

Mourning Cloak  Nymphalis antiopa (Lep. Nymphalidae)  Aziza Cooper

   Aziza writes:  Today, March 19, I saw three Mourning Cloaks – one along the Colquitz Creek path near Marigold Street, one flushed from Conway Road near Interurban Road, and one at the Beaver Lake Riding Ring trails (photograph of this one below).  Two California Tortoiseshells were still on the Mount Tolmie reservoir at 5:30 pm.

Mourning Cloak  Nymphalis antiopa (Lep. Nymphalidae)  Aziza Cooper


Here are more of Ian Cooper’s photographs from this morning at *Colquitz River Park and the #Galloping Goose Trail in View Royal.

* Young Limax maximus (Pul.: Limacidae)  Ian Cooper



* Adult Limax maximus (Pul.: Limacidae)  Ian Cooper


# Eratigena (probably duellica)  (Ara: Agelenidae)  Ian Cooper



# Linyphiid spider, probably Neriene sp. (Ara.: Linyphiidae)  Ian Cooper


*Cross Orb-weaver Araneus diadematus  (Ara.: Araneidae) Ian Cooper


* European Sowbug  Oniscus asellus (Isopoda: Oniscidae)  Ian Cooper