Butterflies & Moths of the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada's Journal

July 07, 2020

Oregon Branded Skipper - new for Mainland BC

A review of old photos from 2017 suggested a possible Hesperia sp. not known to occur in BC except on Vanc. Island.
Photos taken July 6, 2020 confirm that Hesperia colorado oregonia has a mainland population at least in one location on the Sunshine Coast on Pender Hill. This is a species of special concern in BC with estimates of total BC population quoted to be low, possibly <1000 individuals. COSEWIC status is "endangered"
See link for more detail.
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/species-risk-public-registry/cosewic-assessments-status-reports/oregon-branded-skipper-2013.html

Posted on July 07, 2020 18:15 by hmbbirder hmbbirder | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 30, 2020

New Species - Greater Arctic

June 29, 2020 Pender Hill in Madeira Park
First record of Greater Arctic found and photographed by Rand Rudland in the grass and composite meadows atop Pender Hill (elevation 230 m.)
As this is a two-year life-cycle species, it will remain to be seen if there are any odd-year sightings this time next year.

Posted on June 30, 2020 16:42 by hmbbirder hmbbirder | 0 comments | Leave a comment

New Species - Western White

Sargeant Bay Provincial Park - Aug 07, 2019
Eric Habisch posted the first record of Western White on the Sunshine Coast
Found on composites at high tide level downstream of the fishladder and present the following day as well/

Posted on June 30, 2020 16:37 by hmbbirder hmbbirder | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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