Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio canadensis

These large and beautiful butterflies have been unusually abundant throughout the Anchorage area this summer (2002). This one was found at the Flattop Mountain trailhead at about 2000' elevation, but is frequently seen at lower elevations. They are usually found in or near deciduous or mixed forests. They overwinter in the chrysalis. They range across much of Canada, Alaska, and several other northern states of the US. Adults nectar on a wide variety of flowers.

Here are some more recent Hopson photos of this species (with a better camera):
Large dorsal view on some forget-me-nots
Large ventral view of the same butterfly
Several males "puddling" in some mud

You will find more information on this species of butterfly by clicking here and here.
Also check out this website: Butterflies of Alaska

Click any of the smaller photos for more butterflies found along Southcentral Alaska's hiking trails.

For other scenes along the hiking trails: Back to the Fat Old Lady's Climbing Page

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Old World Swallowtail

Phoebus Parnassian

Milbert's Tortoiseshell


old world

phoebus parnassian


Mourning Cloak

Spring Azure

 Silvery Blue

Northern Blue

mourning cloak

spring azure

silvery blue

northern blue thumbnail

Painted Lady

Arctic Skipper

Green Comma

Arctic White

painted lady

arctic skipper

green comma

arctic white

Western White

Creamy Marblewing

 Arctic Fritillary

Mountain Fritillary

western white

large marblewing

arctic fritillary

mountain fritillary

Silver-Bordered Fritillary

Mormon Fritillary

Palaeno Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

silver-bordered frit

mormon frit

Palaeno Sulphur

common sulphur

Ross's Alpine

Field Crescent

Arctic (Ross's) Alpine