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.

September 20

2016 September 20


   Message from Gordon Hart:


Hello Butterfly Counters,

September is rushing by and I did not notice that we have already passed the third Saturday, September 17, the start date for the count running to Sunday, September 25. This is the last count period for the year.


There are still a few butterflies to be seen on warm days, although most seem to be Cabbage Butterflies. It will be interesting to see how many other species may be around.

Please use the form at to submit your results. Submit a separate form for each area you count, so I can take the higher number in case of double counting.


If you’d like a suggestion about what area to count, send me an email. If you want to be removed from this list or if you know of anyone who would like to be added, please email me.


Thanks for submitting your sightings, and happy counting!


The monthly butterfly walk is held on the first Sunday of each month. The next walk is on October 2. It will be the last one for the year. We meet at Mt Tolmie summit at 1:00pm and decide on our destination from there. The walk will be cancelled if the weather is cool or rainy. Please check the VNHS calendar for changes and updates.




Kari Nelson sends a photograph of a caterpillar of Nadata gibbosa. 


Nadata gibbosa (Lep.: Notodontidae)   Kari Nelson

     Here are several photographs taken by Mike Yip on Mount Cokely in August.  Thanks to Scott Gilmore for identifying the beetle as Lepturobosca chrysocoma.  My little knowledge of Latin and Greek tells me that chrysocoma means golden hairs.  Thanks to Sean McCann for the Hymenoptera identifications.



Lepturobosca chrysocoma (Col.: Cerambycidae)  Mike Yip

 Aphids  (Hem.: Aphididae)  Mike Yip

Ant Formica sp. (Hym.: Formicidae)    Mike Yip

Bumblebee Bombus vosnesenskii (Hym.: Apidae)    Mike Yip

 Bumblebee Bombus (maybe mixtus)  (Hym.: Apidae)       Mike Yip