Victoria Natural
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The Victoria Natural History Society (VNHS) formed in 1944 and currently has about 750 members. We are a volunteer-run organization. Members have developed their interest in nature in a wide variety of ways—some are professional biologists, others are students, most are amateur or volunteer naturalists. VNHS provides an opportunity for those interested in the natural world to come together to share their ideas and experiences.
The Victoria Natural History Society offers many field trips and presentations each month for its members. Note that while evening presentations are open to the public, field trips are designed for members. Guests may join for up to three trips, after which they are expected to join the Society. If you like what you see, please support VNHS by becoming a member and/or making a donation.
The primary objectives of the Society are:
  • To stimulate active interest in natural history
  • To study and protect flora and fauna and their habitats
  • To work with other societies and like bodies having interests in common with this Society.


2024 June 20 evening

   Jeff Gaskin writes:  Today, June 20, I found my first of year European (Essex) Skippers.  At least five were at Panama Flats on the north west side.  Also, there were two Common Green Darners and one Lorquin’s Admiral.  A Western Tiger Swallowtail was on Wascana Street.

Jeremy Tatum writes that, at 6:45 pm on the top of Mount Tolmie, there was a Red Admiral sunning itself on one of the white spots on the surface of the reservoir, a Western Tiger Swallowtail was nectari...

2024 June 20  morning

Here are some pictures taken by Ian Cooper overnight at Colquitz River Park.


Limax maximus (Pul.: Limacidae)   Ian Cooper

Deroceras laeve  (Pul.:  Agriolimacidae)   Ian Cooper

European Sowbug  Oniscus asellus (Isopoda: Oniscidae)   Ian Cooper


Common Striped Woodlouse – Philoscia muscorum (Isopoda: Oniscidae)   Ian Cooper


Jeremy Tatum found this Yellow Douglas Fir Borer in the garden of his Saanich apartment this morning.

Centrodera spurca  (Col.: Cerambycidae)   Je...


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