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 20

2024 March 20

   Happy Nowruz, everyone!

Now that Spring is here, insects are starting to stir, although this syrphid fly photographed yesterday by Aziza Cooper seems to have had a chilly night, for it is covered with dew.


Hover fly (Dip.: Syrphidae)  Aziza Cooper


Jochen Möhr was wondering why we seem to have more butterflies here in suburban Victoria than he sees in the wilds of Metchosin.  We are glad to hear, therefore, that on March 19 Jochen at last saw his first Mourning Cloak of the year on William Head Road.  Unfortunately much too briefly even to attempt to photograph it.  Jeremy Tatum writes:  Well, I haven’t seen a Mourning Cloak yet this year – so Metchosin can’t be all that bad!