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 19

2024 May 19

    More of Ian Cooper’s invertebrates from Colquitz River Park before dawn on May 16 & 18 2024.

 Ambigolimax valentianus (Pul.: Limacidae)   Ian Cooper


 Enoplognatha ovata (Ara.: Theridiidae)   Ian Cooper


Two spiders.  Left Clubionidae      Right Linyphiidae     Ian Cooper


Next is a very tiny spiderling. In spite of its minute size, which one might think would be impossible to identify, Ian and Dr Bennett are both in agreement that this is a very young Clubiona.

Clubiona sp. (Ara. Clubionidae)  Ian Cooper


Clubiona sp. (Ara. Clubionidae)  Ian Cooper


Phaonias sp.  (Dip.: Muscidae – Phaoniinae)  Ian Cooper


Female non-biting midge (Dip.: Chironomidae)  Ian Cooper

    Ian found a small caterpillar sharing a cauliflower with him.  It pupated in a silken cocoon, and this moth ecloded (with a d) (emerged) a few days later.


Plutella xylostella  (Lep.: Plutellidae)  Jeremy Tatum


Has anyone seen any butterflies recently?  I haven’t – Jeremy Tatum