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 18

2021 February 18


   Ian Cooper sends an unusual photograph of a harvestman on snow, Colquitz River Park, February 17.   Dr Philip Bragg writes:  I have not seen a harvestman on snow before. I notice that it is keeping its body well away from the snow on its long legs. The photo is not clear enough for a positive identification but I think that it is Platybunus triangularis.


Harvestman, probably Platybunus triangularis (Opiliones: Phalangiidae)  Ian Cooper

  Rosemary Jorna, sends photographs of spider engaged in Anglo-Saxon attitudes in her Kemp Lake basement, February 17.   Dr Robb Bennett writes:


Hmm, not your usual indoor trashy theridiid. It’s a linyphiine linyphiid – always have trouble eyeballing them based on colour patterns: probably either a Neriene or Microlinyphia but I really don’t know.

Probably Neriene or Microlinyphia (Ara.: Linyphiidae – Linyphiinae)  Rosemary Jorna

Probably Neriene or Microlinyphia (Ara.: Linyphiidae – Linyphiinae)  Rosemary Jorna