Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



 Spring Azure
Celastrina ladon

These small butterflies (about 1 inch or a bit less) overwinter in the pupal form, and are often among the earliest to emerge from the chrysalis in the spring. They are variable in color, although males will have blue uppersides. Females will have some black markings on the outer portion of the forewing. They range widely through much of US and Canada. This one was photographed by Eklutna Lake near Anchorage in early June, 2003.

Click here to see a more recent photo (taken with a better camera)
showing a Spring Azure nectaring on forget-me-nots

 For more information on this species, click 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
The same trail and same kind of butterfly, with more recent photos

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