Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



 Painted Lady Butterfly
Vanessa cardui

These beautiful butterflies are among the most common and widespread of butterfly species in the world. They are found in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. This species does not overwinter in Alaska, but migrates here each summer. Their migration patterns have not been studied. This one was found at the top of Bodenburg Butte, near Palmer, on September 3rd, 2002.

Here are two higher quality photos, 1009 X 757 pixels, taken more recently, with a better camera:
Dorsal view, on a cosmos flower & Underwing view, close up

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You will find more information on this species 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.
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