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.

September 21 morning

2016 September 21, morning


Here are some September photographs from Thomas Barbin.


Araneus diadematus (Ara.: Araneidae)   Thomas Barbin

Araneus diadematus (Ara.: Araneidae)   Thomas Barbin

Marsh fly (Dip.: Sciomyzidae)   Thomas Barbin

Goldenrod Crab Spider Misumena vatia (Ara.: Thomisidae)  Thomas Barbin

Stink bug Chlorochroa sp. (Hem.: Pentatomidae)  Thomas Barbin

Unidentified fly (Dip.: Anthomyiidae or Muscidae) Thomas Barbin

Ichneumonid (Hym.: Ichneumonidae)  Thomas Barbin

 Spider-hunting wasp (Hym.: Pompilidae)  Thomas Barbin

Stilt bug (Hem.: Berytidae)  Thomas Barbin

Sweat bee (Hym.: Halictidae)  Thomas Barbin

 Sweat bee (Hym.: Halictidae)  Thomas Barbin

Honey Bee Apis mellifera (Hym.: Apidae)  Thomas Barbin

Yellowjacket wasp Vespula sp. (Hym.: Vespidae)   Thomas Barbin

(Sean McCann suggests possibly V. pensylvanica, but can’t be sure.)