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.

June 5

2015 June 5


    Please scroll down to June 4 to see three important announcements concerning forthcoming field trips – including Sunday’s (June 7) trip to Duncan.


   We still have a healthy queue of photos and observations to post, and they’ll be spread out over a few days.  I’m using today’s posting to catch up on more of the interesting creatures found by Mike Yip and Aziza Cooper on their recent trip to Mount Cokely.


Persius Duskywing Erynnis persius (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Mike Yip

Arctic Skipper Carterocephalus palaemon (Lep.: Hesperiidae)  Mike Yip


Boisduval’s Blue Icaricia icarioides  (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Mike Yip


Boisduval’s Blue Icaricia icarioides (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Aziza Cooper

 Female Silvery Blue Glaucopsyche lygdamus (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  Aziza Cooper



Hoary (“Zephyr”) Comma Polygonia gracilis zephyrus   (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Mike Yip


Western Tailed Blue Everes amyntula  (Lep.: Lycaenidae)  MikeYip



Western Tailed Blue  Everes amyntula  (Lep.: Lycaenidae)   Aziza Cooper



Hudsonian Whiteface Leucorrhina hudsonica (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Mike Yip

(Thanks to Terry Thormin for identifying this one.)


Misumena vatia (Ara.: Thomisiidae) and Sericomyia chalcopyga (Dip. Syrphidae) Mike Yip

(Thanks to Jeff Skevington for identifying the fly.)


Buprestis aurulenta (Col.: Buprestidae)  Aziza Cooper