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.

2024 May 14

2024 May 14

Here are more invertebrates that move around our feet mostly unnoticed, except by Ian Cooper who seeks them out with his camera in the nighttime.

First, a globose springtail.  We thank Dr Frans Janssens for confirming Ian’s suggested identification as Ptenothrix maculosa.

 Ptenothrix maculosa (Coll.:  Dicyrtomidae)  Ian Cooper

   Next, a slug.  Robert Forsyth writes:  Possibly Arion hortensis. But tricky, and confirmation requires a rather difficult (for me) dissection. In the Arion hortensis group of species, A. distinctus seems to be the common one in BC (or at least around Victoria, when I was doing the needed dissections to determine species properly). But true A. hortensis is known in BC.

Arion sp. (Pul.: Arionidae)  Ian Cooper


Enoplognatha ovata (Ara.: Theridiidae)  Ian Cooper

Clubiona sp. (Ara.: Clubionidae)  Ian Cooper

Froghopper (Spittle Bug)  (Hem.: Cercopidae)  Ian Cooper

Culiseta incidens  (Dip.: Culicidae)  Ian Cooper