Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



Arctic Fritillary
Boloria chariclea

There were a large number of these Arctic Fritillaries on the ridge to Black Tail Rocks at about 3000'. They flew close to the tundra floor, basking, nectaring, and mating. The sharply pointed central spot on the underwing makes the identification. Upper wing coloration is variable. They overwinter as larvae. Host plants include scrub willows and wild violets. Adults nectar on goldenrod and asters, among other flowers. I saw one nectaring on a blueberry flower. They range through much of Alaska and Canada, and further south along the Rocky Mountains.

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

Click any of the smaller photos below 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