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 9

2021 January 9


   Not much doing today, but Jeremy Tatum writes: Here is a pholcid spider from my Saanich apartment.

Depending on where you live in the world, the name “daddy-long-legs” is used for various creatures.  In the UK a “daddy-long-legs” means a crane fly.  Here it usually means a harvestman.  But sometimes the term is also used for a pholcid spider like this one.


Pholcus phalangioides (Ara.: Pholcidae)   Jeremy Tatum