Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



Mormon Fritillary
Speyeria mormonia

mormon fritillary

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Mormon Fritillaries are about an inch-and-a-half to two inches, which is one of Alaska's larger fritillaries (although it is considered small elsewhere in its range.) It lives along the western mountainous areas from southcentral Alaska, down the Rocky Mt. and Sierra Nevadas, to Arizona. Although they are known to live in mountains, the were seen on a baseball field in Anchorage, with a wooded area and a muddy pond nearby. They were very numerous in the area in mid- to late July, 2004. They were nectaring on clover, yarrow, mustards, and other flowers. They flew close to the ground and landed often. This species overwinters as caterpillars.

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 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