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 October 9 morning

2021 October 9 morning

    Jeff Gaskin reports a Painted Lady on the summit of Christmas Hill, 3:45 pm, October 9.  If we get some sun, it might be worth going up there – especially in the late afternoon – just on the off-chance that it might be an American Lady.

   Aziza Cooper sends a photograph of a Yellow Woolly Bear from the Lochside Trail north of Blenkinsop Lake, October 8.  (woolly = British spelling,  wooly  = American;  here we takes our choice.)

Yellow Woolly Bear Spilosoma virginica (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Aziza Cooper

   And Ian Cooper sends another woolly bear from the same trail, October 6:


Banded Woolly Bear Pyrrharctia isabella (Lep.: Erebidae – Arctiinae)  Ian Cooper


    Three spiders and two bugs from Ian.   Thanks to Dr Robb Bennett for the spider identifications.  Robb writes:

 A is a female Agelenopsis grass funnel-web spider. Most likely A. potteri or A. utahana although there are other species in our neighbourhood.

B is an Antrodiaetus in her burrow. Local coastal species is A. pacificus.

C is a male Eratigena duellica


Grass funnel-web spider Agelenopsis potteri/utahana (Ara.: Agelenidae – Ageleninae)

Ian Cooper

Antrodiaetus pacificus (Ara.– Myg.: Androdiaetidae) Ian Cooper

Eratigena duellica (Ara.: Agelenidae)  Ian Cooper


Red-cross Shield Bug Elasmostethus cruciatus (Hem.: Acanthosomatidae)  Ian Cooper


Rhododendron Leafhopper Graphocephala fennahi (Hem.: Cicadellidae)

Ian Cooper