It was another great field trip with Brady Mathes as he hunted for butterflies in the Pineview Valley Park, following the linear pathway to the ponds and wildflower meadows at the back. With a flick of the wrist, Brady expertly caught at least 12 species of butterflies, including 3 types of Swallowtails. After capturing them in the net, he carefully placed them into a special plastic bug container which allowed everyone to see the butterflies close up before Brady released them to fly away. Some of the butterflies seen included Two-Tailed Swallow Tail, Anise Swallow Tail, Oregon Swallowtail, Western Green Hairstreak, Large or Creamy Marblewing, Stella’s Orangetiip, Oeneis Chryxus, Silvery Blue, Common Alpine, Persius Duskywing, Common Sulphur,.and Juba Skipper.
Butterflies come in a great variety of colours and sizes as club members learned on a recent butterfly outing with Brady Mathes. One of the more abundant but inconspicuous species that was flying that day was the Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche …Continue reading →
There are 7 species of swallowtail butterflies in BC, all in the genus Papilio (Guppy & Shepard, 2001.) People seldom miss seeing these large butterflies as they flutter by or gather at wet spots to drink or on flowers to …Continue reading →
Jesse Ritcey took these pictures of a very common slime mold found on bark mulch and woody debris. Slime molds are fascinating organisms. Even though they are called molds, they are not fungi. In fact, they are not animals, plants, …Continue reading →
Submitted by Adele Stapleton (photos) and Margaret Graham (text) It was a great day for a field trip to the newly restored Dufferin Wetlands beside Dufferin Elementary with Kirsten Wourms who is in charge of the City of Kamloops Nature …Continue reading →
Submitted by Marina Lipinski These pictures show a black widow spider capturing a wild bee in our front flower garden. The victim is wrapped up and towed back to the spider’s lair, where the spider will suck the life out …Continue reading →
Anyone exploring the grasslands and dry forests around Kamloops is familiar with the Hereford cattle that graze the area. Their distinctive white faces are hard to miss. But a closer look around pond edges or even in dry forest openings …Continue reading →
Dragonflies in British Columbia are classified in the Order Odonata with two sub-orders. The Anisoptera sub-order comprises the larger dragonflies that many people see around marshes while the sub-order Zygoptera consists of the smaller and more fragile-looking Damselflies. This latter …Continue reading →