Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars

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The butterfly list is compiled from monthly butterfly counts from 1992 to 2014 by Karen Golinsky, James Miskelly and Sharon Hartwell. It is comprehensive, although there may be some additions due to climate change related range extensions.

The caterpillar and moth lists are much less comprehensive. There are aproximately 10 times as many species of moths as butterflies, so it is obvious that we have observations for only a small fractions of the moth species inhabiting Rithet’s Bog. Many moths are tiny and most are nocturnal, so they often elude observation. Caterpillars are also often small and elusive. The moth and caterpillar sections of this list are works in progress. We welcome new observations. Please post them on the iNaturalist.ca website and let us know if you spot a species that isn’t on our list yet.

Closeup of a black, white and red butterfly with its wings spread
Closeup image of a black and yellow fuzzy caterpillar

Species List

ACommon NameScientific NameButton
          Swallowtails          Family Papilionidae 
Pale Tiger SwallowtailPapilio eurymedon 
Western Tiger SwallowtailPapilio rutulus rutulus 
Anise SwallowtailPapilio zelicaon zelicaon 
          Whites and Orangetips          Family Pieridae 
Sara Orange TipAnthocharis sara flora 
Pine WhiteNeophasia menapia tau 
Cabbage WhitePieris rapae 
          Gossamer Wings          Family Lycaeniidae 
Spring AzureCelastrina argiolus echo 
Purplish CopperLycaena helloides 
Reakirt's CopperLycaena mariposa penroseae 
Greenish BluePlebejus saepiolus 
Grey HairstreakStrymon melinus atrofasciatus 
          Brushfoots          Family Nymphalidae 
Lorquin's AdmiralBasilarchia lorquini burrisoni 
Vancouver Island RingletCoenonympha california insulanaopen
MonarchDanaus plexippus 
Mourning CloakNymphalis antiopa antiopa 
Milbert’s TortoiseshellNymphalis milberti milberti 
Mylitta CrescentPhyciodes mylitta mylitta 
Satyr AnglewingPolygonia satyrus 
Red AdmiralVanessa atalanta rubria 
Painted LadyVanessa cardui 
          Skippers          Family Hesperiidae 
Propertius DuskywingErynnis propertius 
Woodland SkipperOchlodes sylvanoides sylvanloides 
European SkipperThymelicus lineola 
          Tiger, Tussock and Underwing Moths          Family Erebidae 
Virginia Tiger MothSpilosoma virginica 
Garden Tiger MothArctia caja 
          Geometer Moths          Family Geometridae 
Western White Ribboned Carpet MothMesoleuca gratulata 
          Saturniid Moths          Family: Saturniidae 
Western SheepmothHemileuca eglanterina 
          Sphinx Moths          Family: Sphingidae 
Snowberry ClearwingHemaris diffinis 
Totricid Leaf Roller MothsFamily: Tortricidae 
Oblique Banded Leaf RollerChoristoneura rosaceana 
          Butterfly Caterpillars          Superfamily Papilionoidea 
Mourning Cloak CaterpillarNymphalis antiopa 
Vancouver Island Ringlet CaterpillarCoenonympha california insulana 
          Moth Caterpillars          All Other Superfamilies 
Yellow Wooly BearSpilosoma virginica 
Banded Wooly BearPyrrharctia isabella 
Yellow Banded Wooly BearLophocampa maculata 
Silver-Spotted Tiger MothLophocampa argentata 
Rusty Tussock Moth CaterpillarOrgyia antiqua 
Western Tent CaterpillarMalacosoma californicum 
Forest Tent CaterpillarMalacosoma disstria



Yip, Mike and James Miskelly.  2014.  Vancouver Island Butterflies.  Victoria.  Self Published.  128 pp.

A comprehensive guide to the butterflies of Vancouver Island.  Numerous photographs and range maps as well as information on habitats and host plants.

Guppy, C.S. and J.H. Shepard.  2001.  Butterflies of British Columbia.  Vancouver Toronto.  Royal British Columbia Museum and UBC Press.  414 pp.

The definitive guide to the butterflies of British Columbia, including range maps plus discussions of flight periods, subspecies and habitats.

Tatum, Jeremy B.  Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island – NYMPHALIDAE – Coenonympha tullia.  Victoria Natural History Society Website.  Victoria, BC, Canada.

A description of the Vancouver Island ringlet, including an egg that was collected at Rithet’s Bog and raised to produce a caterpillar and eventually a pupa and adult butterfly.  Includes photographs of the caterpillar and pupa.