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.

January 8

2021 January 8


   Two snouts in today’s offerings!   A snout mite by Ian Cooper, and a snout moth by Jochen Möhr.  And yes, they both have snouts.  Ian’s spiders are a bit difficult to be sure about to the exact species – the Family Linyphiidae is a huge Family with thousands of species of small spiders, which have not by any means all been sorted out.  Perhaps better to leave them as Linyphiidae.


A snout mite (Bdellidae) and a spider (probably Linyphiidae)  Ian Cooper

Snout moth Hypena californica (Lep.: Erebidae – Hypeninae)

 Jochen Möhr


Probably Linyphiidae   Ian Cooper

Probably Agelenidae    Ian Cooper


   An interesting photograph of a winter moth from Jochen Möhr.  I agree with Jochen that it is probably Operophtera occidentalis the middle terminal cell is slightly darker that the adjacent cells, and this is especially evident when viewed from a distance.  But it is the hindwings that are interesting.  One rarely gets to see the hindwings of Operophtera, and I don’t believe that O. brumata has any markings like this.

Is this perhaps a way of distinguishing between the two species?


Operophtera occidentalis (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr