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.

January 5

2019 January 5


   Ron Flower writes:  A friend of mine, Scott Keil, sent me a picture of a grasshopper-like creature from Barkley Sound under a tarpaulin at his cabin on January 1. He said its body was about one and a half inches long and it scared him when it jumped a foot in the air at him.  


   Jeremy Tatum comments:  Acording to one reference , they “will often jump towards any perceived threat in an attempt to frighten it away”   This seems to fit Scott’s account admirably!

Square-legged Camel Cricket Tropidischia xanthostoma (Orth.: Rhaphidophoridae)  Scott Keil