2019 June 18 afternoon
Jeff Gaskin writes: I’ve been doing a few butterfly counts and I just thought I’d pass on to you a few results:
Today, June 18 in Layritz Park I saw 26 Essex Skippers, 24 Ringlets, and 2 Lorquin’s Admirals. Along Markham Road and at Quick’s Bottom I saw another Ringlet plus 7 Lorquin’s Admirals, and 2 Western Tiger Swallowtails.
On June 17, at Panama Flats I counted 125 Cabbage Whites, 94 European Skippers, 14 Lorquin’s Admirals, 1 Painted Lady, and 10 Western Tiger Swallowtails.
On June 16, at Swan Lake I saw 27 Lorquin’s Admirals, 4 Cabbage Whites, and 12 Western Tiger Swallowtails.
And finally on June 15 in Cuthbert Holmes Park I saw 3 Cabbage Whites, 5 Essex Skippers, 14 Lorquin’s Admirals, and 2 Western Tiger Swallowtails.
Val George writes: This afternoon, June 17, there were 3 Purplish Coppers at Island View Beach (48.582714/-123.372904) (photo of one). Also there were: about 10 Lorquin’s Admirals; one Painted Lady; about a dozen Cabbage Whites; 2 Essex Skippers. Also saw and photographed these two dragonflies: Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata; Cardinal Meadowhawk, Sympetrum illotum.
Male Purplish Copper Lycaena helloides (Lep.: Lycaenidae) Val George
Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata (Odo.: Libellulidae) Val George
Jeremy Tatum notes: According to Rob Cannings’ book Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and the Yukon, this species “usually perches flat on the ground”. This individual has evidently read the book.
Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum (Odo.: Libellulidae) Val George
…and this one, according to the same book, perches “with wings cocked downward”. Two well-read dragonflies.