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.

July 15

2106 July 15


   Annie Pang sends some pictures from Gorge Park.


Osmia lignaria (Hym.: Megachilidae)  Annie Pang


Hover fly (Dip.: Syrphidae)    Annie Pang


Autographa californica (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Annie Pang


Halictus rubicundus (Hym.:  Halictidae)   Annie Pang



   Rosemary Jorna sends photographs from the Kemp Lake area.  Thanks to Scott Gilmore for identifying the beetle as Leptura obliterata.  The bug is Philaenus spumaria, a spittle bug. The nymph of this bug makes the little masses of frothy spittle that we see on low-down vegetation.


Leptura obliterata (Col.: Cerambycidae)  Rosemary Jorna


Philaenus spumarius (Hem.: Cercopidae)  Rosemary Jorna



Aziza Cooper writes:  In Uplands Park near the corner of Dorset and Midland Roads on Wednesday, July 13, I saw my first Woodland Skipper of the year.


And Jeremy Tatum saw his first Pine White of the year at UVic, July 15.


Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides  (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Aziza Cooper