2018 May 18 evening
Gordon Hart writes:
Hello Butterfly Counters,
I have been away from Victoria, so I am sorry for the late announcement, but we will go ahead with a May Butterfly Count, starting today, May 18, and running until next Sunday, May 25. You can submit a count anytime over this period, and you can do more than one count, just use a separate form for each count. In the case of repeat counts, or more than one person counting an area, I will take the highest count for each species.
Please use the form at http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/?p=33 on the Victoria Natural History Society website .
The count area is the same as the Christmas Bird Count circle (attached). For butterfly identification there are numerous internet sites, but most or all Victoria species are listed on E-Fauna. If you select by photographer, all the photos under James Miskelly’s name are of Victoria species. Here is the link: http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/efauna/photoGallery/Gallery.aspx?gr=showall&pid=175&photographer=miskelly,%20james&specrep=0
If you would like a suggestion for an area to count, please send me an email.
In addition to the counts, a monthly butterfly walk is held on the first Sunday of each month – the next walk will be on June 2. We start at the summit of Mount Tolmie at 1pm, and decide where to go from there. I will send out another reminder the week before.
Thank-you for submitting your sightings and happy counting!
Butterfly Count Coordinator,
Victoria Natural History Society
Jeremy Tatum writes: Bill Savale and I went to the railway line around Malahat Station and the surrounding hills today, and we saw a Mourning Cloak and a Two-banded Grizzled Skipper.
Jochen Möhr writes: I went up Single Hill behind our home with Kem Luther today. We came across many Western Spring Azures, but because of a boisterous breeze, taking pictures was even more problematic than usual with these little lively beasties. Coming down to our house, there were many Western Spring Azures fluttering about – at least four seen simultaneously. I got a picture of a female on budding blossoms of Ocean Spray. It might have been ovipositing, but even using a magnifying glass and scrutinizing the branch after it had left, I could not find an egg. The male was mud puddling in a flower bed that we had watered thoroughly last afternoon. [Jeremy Tatum writes: You have to search on the outside of the calyces of flower buds that are just about to open. From what you describe (“budding blossoms”) I suspect your butterfly was indeed ovipositing.]
Male Western Spring Azure Celastrina echo (Lep.: Lycaenidae) Jochen Möhr
Ron Flower writes: Today Saturday May 18 we went to Eddy’s storage 1064 Stelly’s Cross Road at 1:30 pm and found the Field Crescents very active. We saw about 10 but could have been more.
Field Crescent Phyciodes pratensis (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Ron Flower