Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



Clouded Sulphur
Colias philodice vitabunda

common sulphur

These butterflies are found in fields, pathways and clearings throughout most of North America. The subspecies vitabunda lranges through Yukon and Alaska. Females of that subspecies will tend to be very light colored, almost white, and the black borders are a bit narrower. This species seems to always perch and nectar with its wings closed. (The dorsal view [above, right] was transitory, as the butterfly maneuvered around the yarrow flower--just a lucky shot.) Adults will nectar on a wide variety of flowers. Larvae feed on clovers, peas, lupines, etc. See larger versions of the photos above by clicking on them. Click here to see a female.

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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