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 20

2021 February 20


   More springtails from Ian Cooper, kindly identified for us by Dr Frans Janssens.   Most of us rarely see these tiny animals, so it is quite an education to see them so close up.


Globose springtail Ptenothrix sp. nov.  (Symphypleona – Dicyrtomidae)  Ian Cooper


Dicyrtomina minuta f. saundersi  (Symphypleona – Dicyrtomidae)  Ian Cooper


Dicyrtomina minuta f. saundersi  (Symphypleona – Dicyrtomidae)  Ian Cooper


   And here are two spiders.   Among the numerous small creatures we come across, we cannot always identify every one, and we’ll have to settle with admiring and appreciating these two without necessarily being able to attach a label to them.


Linyphiine spider     Ian Cooper


Immature male spider   Ian Cooper


   Rosemary  Jorna photographed this gnat on a maple in her Kemp Lake garden.  I am not expert enough, writes Jeremy Tatum, to make an identification, but I think it is probably either a limoniine tipulid (a sort of small crane fly) or a trichocerid (winter gnat).


Dip.: probably Tipulidae – Limoniinae,  or Trichoceridae  Rosemary Jorna


   Caterpillars are easier for me to identify.  This one, on Indian Plum, is Paraseptis adnixa first shown as a very young caterpillar on February 8, now almost full grown, perhaps one more instar to go.

Paraseptis adnixa (Lep.: Noctuidae)   Jeremy Tatum