According to the Lepidopterist Checklist of Canada, Pohl et al., 2018, BC contains 2,853 species. As of Feb 17, 2022 INat is listing 1,547 species reported thus far for a total of 54% of the known species. Curious to see by how much we can get over the 74,198 observations next year. To be honest, I am surprised by how many identifiers (1,885) and observers (6,102) there are. If you asked me prior to working with INaturalist how many people have a serious interest in BC Lepidoptera I would have roughly guessed about 50. Having this many people interested in these amazing animals is certainly encouraging and I can only hope the interest continues to grow.
The top 10 species reported in order include: Pieris rapae, Nepytia phantasmaria, Ochlodes sylvanoides, Limenitis lorquini, Papilio rutulus, Pyrrharctia isabella, Lambdina fiscellaria, Nymphalis antiopa, Lophocampa argentata, Lophocampa maculata. These ten species make up 14% of the total BC lepidoptera observations. Two species, N. phantasmaria and L. fiscellaria are important forest defoliators and have been in an active outbreak cycle.
As for faved observations, we currently have a tie with the following four images with four faves each. Congrats to Lena, Jeremy, John and Kate for these awesome images. Make your vote count for next season and don't forget to fave your favourite observations.