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.

November 7

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   Cheryl Hoyle writes:  I took these photographs on November 6th in my home in View Royal.  Maybe Steatoda grossa?


   Jeremy Tatum writes: Yes, I think so; but I noticed that the pattern on the back is much more pronounced than on other photographs that we have had of this species, so I asked Dr Robb Bennett to comment.  He writes:  Yes, Cheryl is correct: a juvenile Steatoda grossa.   Juveniles (and mature males) have lots of abdominal patterning, as in the images. The patterning largely disappears in the females by the time they reach maturity (males retain most of the juvenile pattern).



Steatoda grossa (Ara.: Theridiidae)   Cheryl Hoyle


Steatoda grossa (Ara.: Theridiidae)   Cheryl Hoyle


   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:


2 Epirrita autumnata

1 Erannis vancouverensis

1 Orthosia mys

4 Sunira decipiens

1 Xanthorhoe defensaria 


Erannis vancouverensis (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Xanthorhoe defensaria (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr


Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr