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.

October 9

2019 October 9


   Mr E sends some recent (and maybe not quite so recent!) pictures of a variety of invertebrates.  First, a buprestid beetle on August 8:


Buprestis aurulenta (Col.: Buprestidae)   Mr E


   Next a spider, August 31:


Eratigena sp. (Ara.: Agelenidae)  Mr E


Eratigena sp. (Ara.: Agelenidae)  Mr E


   Another spider, October 8, identified by Dr Robb Bennett as an immature (hence exact identification uncertain) male crab spider (Thomisidae):


Immature male crab spider (Ara.: Thomisidae)  Mr E


  Lastly, a spittle bug, September 27:


Spittle bug Philaenus spumarius (Hem.: Cercopidae)  Mr E