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Twin Islands

Thank you, Jeanette! All of us at the Cortes Island Museum and Archives want to give Jeanette Taylor a standing ovation for Saturday’s (January 30, 2021) wonderful online presentation about Twin Islands history and her newest book, Twin Islands, History and Legacy on the BC Coast. More than 50 people attended the talk and slide […]

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“F” Stands for Fossil

The capital “F” in a circle is a symbol only rarely encountered on the Bute Inlet Geology map (National Topographic System reference 92 K). One can be found adorning the southern end of the Twin Islands, which are tucked in close to the southeast coast of Cortes Island. Quite remarkable, really. The literature accompanying the […]

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Great Arctic

Oeneis nevadensis is a species of butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is commonly known as the great Arctic, Nevada Arctic, great grayling, Felder’s Arctic, or Pacific Arctic. It is native to northwestern North America. Spotted on Easter Bluff on Cortes Island by Autumn Barrett-Morgan, June 14, 2020. The wingspan of the great Arctic measures […]

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Western Branded Skipper

Western branded skipper (Hesperia colorado oregonia), July 30, 2020, Gary Fast Western Branded Skipper Western branded skipper (Hesperia colorado oregonia), spotted by Gary Fast, July 30, 2020, Whaletown, B.C. From Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility: This skipper is similar to Common Branded Skipper (Hesperia comma) and generally looks like a larger (wingspan: 25 to 32 mm), paler, washed-out version of […]

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Woodland Skipper

Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides), Shannon Hogan, August 3, 2018 Woodland skipper, Ochlodes sylvanoides, is the most common skipper in B.C. Spotted by Melanie Boyle, Cortes Bay, July 29, 2020, enjoying the lavender. They were small and quick! Spotted by Shannon Hogan, near Manson’s Hall (“downtown” Mansons Landing, at the corner of Sutil Point Road and Beasley […]

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Grey Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus), photo Ayane Inuzuka-Boyle The gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus) is one of the most common hairstreaks in North America, ranging over nearly the entire continent. It occurs also throughout Central America and in northern South America. Spotted by Ayane Inuzuka-Boyle on July 4, 2020, 3 p.m., Tan Road, Cortes Island   Read more: Wikipedia Butterflies and Moths of North […]

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Silver-spotted Skipper

The silver-spotted skipper, Epargyreus clarus (Cramer), characterized by a large white spot on the underside of each hind wing, is one of our largest, most widespread and most recognizable skippers. The silver-spotted skipper is found throughout most of the United States and into southern Canada, but has not been seen for a long time on Cortes Island. […]

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Anna’s Blue

Anna’s blue (Plebejus anna), spotted by Ayane Inuzuka-Boyle, 11:30 a.m.,  May 13, 2020, on Tan Rd. Description: Small butterfly with light blue wings (top view). White with black dots from side view. This small, beautiful butterfly’s status is concerned You can read more on these sites: Butterflies and Moths

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Pine White

Neophasia menapia, the pine white, is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is found in the western United States and in southern British Columbia, Canada. It is mostly white with black veins and wing bars. The species is similar to Neophasia terlooii but their ranges only overlap in New Mexico. This beautiful butterfly was […]

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Western Tiger Swallowtail

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus), photo Christian Gronau Papilio rutulus, the Western Tiger Swallowtail, is a swallowtail butterfly belonging to the Papilionidae family. It is a member of the genus Papilio, of which Papilio appalachiensis and Papilio xuthus are also members. This Western Tiger Swallowtail was spotted by Christian Gronau, July 2, 2018, in the Southpoint area on Cortes Island, a damaged individual, nectaring on Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria). […]

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Lorquin’s Admiral

Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini) – This butterfly is slightly smaller (wingspan: 47 to 71 mm) than the other admirals, it is still a striking butterfly. It can easily be recognized by the orange tips of the forewing upperside. There is a white band across both wings, above and below. Females are considerably larger than males. Spotted […]

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Cabbage White

Cabbage white (Pieris rapae) feeding on white flox, photo Christian Gronau, July 4, 2020, Hollyhock Garden Pieris rapae is a small- to medium-sized butterfly species of the whites-and-yellows family Pieridae. It is known in Europe as the small white, in North America as the cabbage white or cabbage butterfly. Cabbage white (Pieris rapae) feeding on white flox, photo Christian Gronau, July 4, 2020, Hollyhock Garden […]

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