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.

February 7

2021 February 7


   This morning we have two difficult ones.   First a photograph by Rosemary Jorna, Kemp Lake, of a maggot on a maple tree.   Jeremy Tatum writes:


I am almost certain, or I think I can even say certain, that it is the larva of a dipteran.  I think we can go so far as to say Suborder Nematocera.  It may be pushing it a bit to suggest perhaps Family Mycetophilidae, fungus gnats.


Just possibly fungus gnat (Dip.: Mycetophilidae)  Rosemary Jorna

   Next, two organisms photographed at Victoria Airport by Jody Wells, February 6.  The larger of the two organisms is not an invertebrate, but is Sialia currucoides (Aves – Passeriformes – Turdidae).  I think Jody is right in suggesting Hymenoptera for the smaller of the two.  Maybe we can go so far as to suggest Superfamily Ichneumonoidea.


Mountain Bluebird with ichneumonoidean     Jody Wells