Hot summer days are a good time to look for invertebrates, including butterflies, moths and dragonflies.
Here are a few photos of local B.C. insects, some recent, some from previous summers. If you can help with correct identification, please get in touch! Insect identification is quite tricky for beginners.
I was excited to find this beautiful beetle in our veggie patch. Consulting a field guide, I decided it was a Golden Jewel Beetle, Buprestis aurulenta, which is common around coniferous trees.
The Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) is commonly found near Boundary Bay, Delta, where it feeds on cow parsley and angelica lucida.
However, this specimen was photographed in my garden a couple of summers ago.
This Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutilis) is common in southern B.C. throughout the summer and was photographed on that same buddleia plant.
Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) are migratory and occur cyclically in southern B.C.. This photo was taken a few years ago. I have not seen any of this species this year.
Sara Orange Tip (Anthocaris sara) – this pretty butterfly is rather uncommon. Its larvae feed on mustard plants.
Dragonflies can be difficult to photograph as they dart around the garden. Two of these skimmers arrived in our veggie patch in late June and were very accommodating. They sat still long enough to give us a good view.
This beautiful moth turned up on an apple tree a couple of years ago. I keep hoping another will come.
The Satyr comma butterfly looks like a crumpled leaf and is well camouflaged in the forest.