Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails

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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

swallowtail

old world

phoebus parnassian

tortoiseshell

  
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