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.

December 28

2018 December 28


   Jeremy Tatum writes:   I did really well out of Christmas.  Santa sent me the new book:


Pacific Northwest Insects, by Merrill Peterson, Published by Seattle Audubon Society 2018

ISBN 978-0-914516-18-7


    I shan’t give a detailed critical review here (I haven’t read it yet!), but suffice to say that this is a superb book, which anyone who is interested in the terrestrial arthropods of our area will want to have.


   I say “arthropods” because, in spite of the title “Insects”, it is not restricted to insects, but it covers all Classes and Orders (and probably most Families – I haven’t checked in detail) of terrestrial arthropods in the Pacific Northwest, including Vancouver Island.


   This book is going to be a huge help in identification.  It has my highest recommendation.