Submitted by Margaret Graham. Photos by Adele Stapleton and Richard Doucette
A group of 10 club members answered the call to pull the common burdock (Arctiumminus) around the Nature Walk at McArthur Island. A variety of tools were used to remove the deep-rooted plants and we filled a number of large garbage bags in a couple of hours, finishing just before the rain started. In the holes left by the burdock, Jesse Ritcey planted some little tarragon plants (Artemisiadracunculus) which is the host plant for a type of swallowtail.
I was walking the McArthur Island Golf Course with Jesse Ritcey and Rick Tucker today. In various places, we noticed some well-marked, roundish beetles on deer-browsed shrubs and cottonwood saplings. Some beetles were singles while others were mating. I took …Continue reading →
Contributed by Ellie Hill & Margaret Graham with photos by Adele Stapleton and plant identification by Jesse Ritcey Cooler weather prevailed as our Naturalist Club group ventured forth on Sunday, June 3 to explore the grasslands of Lac Du Bois, …Continue reading →
Match the butterfly to its larval food! Each of the B.C. butterflies pictured below have specific diets when they are young larvae, or caterpillars. In this game, try to match the adult butterfly to the food plant it eats as …Continue reading →
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 →
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 →