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 (tatumjb352@gmail.com). 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.

2022 November 20

2022 November 20

    Ian Cooper writes:  Here are a few more photographs from November 19.   The first is from Colquitz River Park in Saanich.   The other three are from the Galloping Goose Trail in View Royal. All pictures are of spiders because the cold seems to have shut down everything else.

Linyphiid spider, possibly Neriene sp. (Ara.:  Linyphiidae)  Ian Cooper

Linyphiid spider, possibly Neriene sp. (Ara.:  Linyphiidae)  Ian Cooper

Linyphiid spider, possibly Neriene sp. (Ara.:  Linyphiidae)  Ian Cooper

   The next one is a smallish spider, about 1cm. Is it an unidentified linyphiid spider (Ara.: Linyphiidae), or a juvenile Pimoa altioculata (Ara: Pimoidae) ?   I’m leaning towards the latter.   [Jeremy Tatum writes:   So am I – just.]

Maybe Pimoa altioculata (Ara.: Pimoidae)  Ian Cooper

2022 November 19

2022 November 19

    Last night (in the middle of the night!) Ian Cooper took some photographs in Colquitz River Park in Saanich:

Asian Lady Beetle Harmonia axyridis (Col.: Coccinellidae)  Ian Cooper

 

Female linyphiid spider (Ara.: probably Neriene sp.)  Ian Cooper

 

Male linyphiid spider (Ara.: probably Neriene sp.)  Ian Cooper

 

Female and male linyphiid spiders (Ara.: probably Neriene sp.)  Ian Cooper

 

and more from the Galloping Goose Trail in View Royal:

 

Pimoa altioculata (Ara.: Pimoidae)  Ian Cooper

 

Probable crane fly (Dip. – Nematocera:  Tipulidae) Ian Cooper

2022 November 18

2022 November 18

    Ian Cooper sends a photograph of the spider Pimoa altioculata.  He writes:  These spiders are normally very skittish and difficult to photograph because they tend to flee to the deeper recesses of their webs at the slightest disturbance. Fortunately, this one lingered out in the open long enough to take multiple photos and video clips of it. Pimoa altioculata are one of my favourite spiders to encounter, as mature individuals like this one can be impressively large and have beautiful markings. They’re also much less common than other species I see on a regular basis.

 

Pimoa altioculata (Ara.: Pimoidae)  Ian Cooper

2022 November 16

2022 November 16

Here are additional photographs – by Sharon Godkin – of the American Lady that was seen at Island View Beach on November 14.

American Lady Vanessa virginiensis (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Sharon Godkin

American Lady Vanessa virginiensis (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Sharon Godkin

 

Ian Cooper sends more photographs of little-known creatures from the Galloping Goose Trail in View Royal (the first picture) and Colquitz River Park in Saanich (the remaining seven).

Harvestman (Opiliones)  Ian Cooper

 

Harvestman (Opiliones)  Ian Cooper

 

Crane Fly (Dip.: Tipulidae)  Ian Cooper

 

Crane Fly (Dip.: Tipulidae)  Ian Cooper

   When the dorsal surface of the head of the fly above is examined at high magnification, it is seen that ocelli are absent, showing that this insect is one of the small crane flies and not some similar Family.  The photograph was taken for the express purpose of determining the presence or absence of ocelli.

 

Tetragnatha versicolor (Ara.: Tetragnathidae)  Ian Cooper

Tetragnatha versicolor (Ara.: Tetragnathidae)  Ian Cooper

 

Porcellio scaber (Isopoda: Porcellionidae) Ian Cooper

Linyphiid spider (Ara.: Linyphiidae)  Ian Cooper

2022 November 15 late evening

2022 November 15 late evening

    Vanessa alert!   Gordon Hart forwards two pictures of an American Lady photographed on November 14 at Island View Beach, near the gate just south of the main parking lot, by Don Kramer.

American Lady Vanessa virginiensis (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Don Kramer

 

American Lady Vanessa virginiensis (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Don Kramer