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.

May 16 morning

2019 May 16 morning


   Jeremy Tatum writes:  The moth below, Hedya nubiferana, came from a caterpillar shown on May 2.  The caterpillar was originally mislabelled on May 2;  I have now corrected it.


Hedya nubiferana (Lep.: Tortricidae)  Jeremy Tatum


   Jeremy continues:     Thanks to Scott Gilmore for identifying the beetle below as a a scarab beetle from the genus Dichelonyx.   I found it yesterday along the Panhandle trail off Munn Road.


Dichelonyx sp. (Col.: Scarabaeidae)  Jeremy Tatum


   Rosemary Jorna sends photographs of a spider from her yard in the Kemp Lake area, May 15.

Thanks to Robb Bennett for identifying the spider as a philodromid crab spider, possibly an immature Philodromus dispar.


Possibly immature Philodromus dispar (Ara.: Philodromidae)  Rosemary Jorna


   Rosemary also sends photographs of two difficult ones, not yet identified.  The first is a snail, and I am thinking maybe Family Polygyridae.  The second is a millipede, and I am thinking maybe Order Julida.  If we get any further with the identifications, we’ll post them.  And of course, if any viewer can help, please do let us know (jtatum at uvic dot ca).



Snail. Perhaps Family Polygyridae.  Rosemary Jorna


Millipede. Perhaps Order Julida.  Rosemary Jorna


More this afternoon or evening…