Victoria Natural
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Sharing a love of nature since 1944

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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 July 13 evening

   Ian Cooper photographed this spider along the Galloping Goose trail on July 11:

Eratigena duellica  (Ara.: Agelenidae)  Ian Cooper


   Marie O’Shaughnessy photographed this Robber Fly at Swan Lake on July 12.  It was kindly identified for us by Dr Rob Cannings.

Laphria ventralis  (Dip.: Asilidae)  Marie O’Shaughnessy


Marie spent a short time on Mount Tolmie this afternoon, July 13, and saw:
1 Cabbage White
1 Lorquin’s Admiral
1 Pale Tiger Swallowtail
1 Western Tiger...

2024 July 13 morning

   Marie O’Shaughnessy spent an hour at Swan Lake on the morning of July 12, and she reports:

2 Lorquin’s Admirals and 1 Western Tiger Swallowtail
2 Black Saddlebags , 1 Common Green Darner, 2 Blue-eyed  Darners,
20 Blue Dashers,  and 1 Western Pondhawk perched nicely on a stick close to the ground near the parking lot.


Blue Dashers Pachydiplax longipennis (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Marie O’Shaughnessy

Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata  (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Marie O’Shaug...


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