Western Tiger Swallowtail

Butterflies, Skippers and Moths are probably some of the most noticeable and attractive insects that frequent our gardens and woodlands from Spring to Fall.  Belonging to the scientific order, Lepidoptera, several species of butterflies and skippers can be found on Pender Island.  We are thankful to local resident, Arthur Kikuchi, for providing excellent photographs of 9 examples of butterflies or skippers commonly found on Pender Island.

Butterflies and skippers are distinguished by swollen areas at or near the end of the antennae.  Nearly all adult butterflies and skippers are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day.  They tend to bask in sunlight in order to regulate their temperature.  A colourful garden filled with flowers such as phlox, asters, cone flowers, Black-eyed Susans, lilacs, Buddleia (Butterfly Bush), thistles or mustard plants will attract butterflies to your garden.  As these insects gather nectar, they assist in pollination as they fly from flower to flower.  Butterflies also need larval food plants and shelter in order to be successful.

We can expect to see butterflies on Pender Island by early May and some persist even through late Fall.  Scientific family names are listed in italics, with common names accompanying the images.


Woodland Skipper:  Woodland Skipper


 Silvery Blue or Spring Azure  Rosner's Hairstreak (2)

Silver Blue                                                                    Rosner’s Hairstreak


 Milbert's Tortoiseshell  Lorquin's Admiral (2)

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell                                              Lorquin’s Admiral 

Satyr Comma  Morning Cloak

Satyr Comma                                                              Morning Cloak


Sara Orange Tip (2)  Pine White

Sara Orange Tip                                                             Pine White


 Anise Swallowtail  Western Tiger Swallowtail (3)

Anise Swallowtail                                                             Western Tiger Swallowtail

Pale Tiger Swallowtail: Pale Swallowtail