Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



Green Comma
Polygonia faunus

This Green Comma was seen at near sea level, along the Turnagain Arm Trail south of Anchorage, on August 1, 2003. It was flying alone, and nectaring on a native plant called fireweed, Epilobium angustifolium. It was found in a sloped meadow next to a mixed forest, with a stream. This is a long-lived species that overwinters as an adult and breeds early in the spring. The caterpillars live on willows, aspen, birches, etc. It ranges across most of northern USA and Canada, and down the Rocky Mountains to Arizona.

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.

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