In 2019, Mike Yip gave a presentation for the Cortes Island Museum’s Speaker Series on the distribution of butterflies on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
Mike is an accomplished photographer who, along with James Miskelly, has produced a beautiful book Vancouver Island Butterflies
. This book is a handy tool for identification and is available in the Museum Shop (we can ship it to you from our online store). Check this link: http://www.vancouverislandbirds.com/Journal399.html
While butterfly distribution maps for Vancouver Island are available, there is very little known about their distribution on the Northern Gulf Islands. Recently, the Silver-spotted skipper, Epargyreus clarus
, presumed extinct in this region of Canada for over 100 years, was discovered on Cortes Island! For more information on this incredible find, check out our blog “Still Alive and Skipping” https://cortesmuseum.com/still-alive-and-skipping/
.You can help!
At the end of his talk, Mike challenged the audience and all Cortes Islanders to create a list of butterfly sightings for Cortes Island. If you see and can identify a butterfly, please record the date, time, location and any pertinent information you observed, i.e. the plants it was nectaring or laying eggs on. A photograph or two for identification confirmation is very helpful. It is also necessary for rare species.
If you photograph a butterfly but cannot positively identify it, we will help with the identification. So send us your record. You can use the form available at our website page: https://cortesmuseum.com/museum/butterfly-sightings/
, or just send an email to cimastwincomm.ca with your pictures and observations.
Make your spring full of wonderful discoveries!
Cortes Island butterflies sightings table.