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.

2021 September 11

2021 September 11

    Aziza Cooper sends a photograph of a grasshopper (the one that looks like a Mourning Cloak!) from Clover Point, September 10:

Dissosteira carolina  (Orth.: Acrididae)  Aziza Cooper

   Richard Rycraft sends a photograph of the spider known variously as the European Garden Spider, the Cross Orb Weaver and doubtless other variations:

Araneus diadematus (Ara.: Araneidae)  Richard Rycraft