Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



 Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus

These small butterflies (about 1 inch) were out in force in a subalpine meadow where I was hiking on June 12, 2003. They were nectaring on a variety of flowers, basking, and courting. This appears to be a male, as the females were not as brightly colored. The underwings of both sexes were gray-brown with just a slight tinge of blue. They overwinter as caterpillars on vetches, clovers, lupines, and other legumes. Adults nectar on asters and other plants. They range throughout most of boreal North America.

You will find more information on this species of butterfly by clicking 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.
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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