2019 March 31
Jeremy Tatum writes: Have been so busy with Invert Alert recently (a welcome problem!) that I overlooked Val George’s recent report of his first butterflies of the season, a California Tortoiseshell on Mount Tolmie, and a Cabbage White checking out the kale in his garden in Oak Bay on March 29.
California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis antiopa (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Val George
Geoffrey and David Newell report two California Tortoiseshells from Mount Douglas today, March 31, as well as many Sara Orangetips and a Propertius Duskywing.
California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis antiopa (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Geoffrey Newell
Ken Vaughan sends a photo of a California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica from the Mount Tolmie reservoir on 30 March 2019 at about 4:00 PM.
California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Ken Vaughan
Gordon Hart writes: The Green Commas continue here in the Highlands, with three yesterday. We also saw one faded Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus, a Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa hyperborea and a Moss’ Elfin Callophrys mossii mossii. We have been planting and encouraging more of the Moss’ Elfin larval food plant, stonecrop Sedum spathulifolium. Still lots of Epirrhoe plebeculata around, and I will look for Mesoleuca gratulata.
Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Gordon Hart
Moss’s Elfin Incisalia mossii (Lep.: Lycaenidae) Gordon Hart
And just as we go to press, a nice underside of a California Tortoiseshell, photographed by Val George on the summit of Mount Douglas 48.492834/-123.345710 today, March 31. Also there were seven Sara Orangetips and one Cabbage White.
California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Val George