The Butterflies and Moths of Galiano Island, BC

Last updated December 2017

To date our community has documented a total of 72 species of butterflies and moths (Order: Lepidoptera) for Galiano Island, confirming 37% of the historical records and adding 61 new species to the list. A total of 91 species are now reported for the island, with 19 reported species (and many, many more) still at large.

With over 670 species known for Vancouver Island (Yip & Miskelly 2014; L. Avis pers. comm.) and 2,832 species reported to date for British Columbia (Pohl et al. 2015), our dataset represents a tiny fraction of the total diversity of butterflies and moths known for our region. If you would like to contribute to our knowledge of Galiano Island’s Lepidoptera, please add your observations to the Biodiversity Galiano project. Because of the great diversity of this group, it’s very likely you’ll add a new species to the list. What’s more: unlike many other groups which require lots of effort to track down, moths will come to you! Just leave on a light at night and wait nearby with a camera.

Below you can explore a diagram showing the species reported for Galiano, organized by family (note the diagram does not show relationships between families, only species). Click the links to view local Galiano island-based observations of species documented so far. A gallery of the moths and butterflies we’ve documented on the project follows.

Special thanks to Libby and Rick Avis, and Scott Gilmore, for their work helping to identify the island’s Lepidoptera.


  • Reported Diversity of Lepidoptera: Galiano Island vs Vancouver Island [91:670 spp.] 14%
  • Reported Diversity of Lepidoptera: Galiano Island vs British Columbia [91:2,832 spp.] 3%

Local Observations

Lepidoptera of Galiano Island Organized by Family


Species Gallery