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 (jtatum@uvic.ca). 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 October 5

2021 October 5

    Jeremy Tatum writes:  Here is a young (second instar) caterpillar from the large egg mass shown on September 19

 

Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)    Jeremy Tatum

Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)    Jeremy Tatum

 

Aziza Cooper writes:  On October 1, I was at Panama Flats, and tiny money spiders kept landing on me. The spiders in the photo are on my hat, greatly enlarged.

Thanks to Dr Robb Bennett for identifying them for us.

 

Erigone sp. ( Ara.: Linyphiidae – Erigoninae)  Male (upper), female (lower)    Aziza Cooper

 

Aziza continues:  On October 4, I saw a large dragonfly at Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park.

Thanks to Dr Rob Cannings for identifying it for us.

 

Female Shadow Darner Aeshna umbrosa (Odo.: Aeshnidae)  Aziza Cooper