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 April 16

2024 April 16

Our plea for sightings of Moss’s Elfin led to a quick response from Aziza Cooper, who draws our attention to an item on iNaturalist of a Moss’s Elfin at Lone Tree Hill on April 10. Rebecca Reader-Lee is the observer.  The link, showing a photograph, is

Jeff Gaskin reports that today, April 16, at Panama Flats there was a Western Spring Azure and a Mourning Cloak.

Marie O’Shaughnessy reports three Sara Orangetips  from Mount Douglas today.

Kirsten Mills writes: Today, April 16, I went to Mount Tolmie around 4-5pm.  The only butterflies I saw were two Western Spring Azures.