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.

October 31

2016 October 31


   Jeff Gaskin reports that there was still one Cabbage White on October 30, at 12:50 p.m. in the community garden at Gorge Park.

October 29

2016 October 29


   Annie Pang reports that there are still a few Cabbage Whites around, and she managed to photograph one at Gorge Park on October 28.

Cabbage White Pieris rapae (Lep.: Pieridae)  Annie Pang


October 28

2016 October 28


   Annie Pang sends a picture of a bug from her deck door on October 25.


Brochymena sp. (Hem.: Pentatomidae)   Annie Pang



    Jeff Gaskin writes:  Today, October 28, there were two Cabbage Whites in the Gorge Park community garden.  Also, on October 27, Kirsten Mills told me she saw a single Cabbage White around where she lives in the North Dairy Avenue / Shelbourne Street  neighbourhood.  The ones I saw today were flying around 12:45 pm.

October 16

2016 October 26


   Erratum.  I wonder if any viewer spotted the mistake in the October 12 posting, in which I had given the Order in the caption to Liam Singh’s springtail as “Col.” It certainly isn’t a beetle!   I have now corrected it by writing the Order in full:  Collembola.  I also have to be careful with firebrats and thrips, both of which are in Orders beginning with the same three letters: Thy.   If viewers do spot any mistakes from time to time, please do let me know.  I certainly shan’t be in the least offended, and indeed I am eager for mistakes to be found and corrected.


   Annie Pang writes to say that she saw several Cabbage Whites yesterday (October 25), in Gorge Park and around her home.  Please all keep a look out for them and see how late in the year they may fly.  We are in for a rainy spell, so maybe Annie’s will be the last of the year. 


  Val George sends a photograph of a Large Yellow Underwing from the leaf litter at Swan Lake yesterday.  This species can usually be recognized by the double dark dot near the apex of the forewing.  This one seems to have just a single dot, but that’s good enough!


Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Val George


   Jeremy Tatum writes that the micro moth below emerged recently from a pupa found in a dogwood leaf at Swan Lake.  Thanks to Eric LaGasa who identifies it as probably Acleris cornana.


Acleris cornana (Lep.: Tortricidae)    Jeremy Tatum



  Jody Wells sends a photograph of an ichneumonid from Swan Lake in August.  A bit late for an “alert”, but we thought we’d post it anyway because of its rather long antennae. 


Ichneumonid wasp  (Hym.: Inchneumonidae)  Jody Wells

October 25

2016 October 25


   Rosemary Jorna has a sad tale to tell:  “We were hiking in the hills on the east side of the Sooke River yesterday and had stopped for lunch when this wasp circled round and just right into a cup of hot tea. It did not survive.”


  Thank you to Sean McCann anyway for identifying the victim as Dolichovespula arenaria.  Sean also kindly identified wasps appearing on this site for the dates September 21 and 22.  Scroll to these dates to see them.


Dolichovespula arenaria (Hym.: Vespidae)  Rosemary Jorna


Dolichovespula arenaria (Hym.: Vespidae)  Rosemary Jorna



   Cheryl Hoyle sends a photograph of a spider from Metchosin, October 24.  Thank you, Robb Bennett, for the identification as a female Cybaeus, almost certainly C. signifer.

Jeremy Tatum writes that he mentioned to Robb that he hadn’t heard of this genus – perhaps not the most diplomatic of admissions! Robb writes:  They are quite common forest floor spiders with about 50 or more species found in western North America.  Signifer is the largest of several species found in our neck of the woods.  We put a Cybaeus male on the cover of the Journal of the Entomological Society of BC a number of years back.  The genus and its family (Cybaeidae) have been the main subject of my taxonomic research for years, starting with my PhD.





Cybaeus signifer (Ara.: Cybaeidae)   Cheryl Hoyle