Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails

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Mountain Fritillary
Boloria napaea

 

Click to see the underwing view of the Mountain Fritillary

 

The Mountain Fritillary is strictly a northern species with a rather narrow latitude range, all around the Pole, with an isolated population (ssp halli ) flying in Wyoming. This one was up on Eagle Summit, Alaska, on June 21, 2004. They live on tundra and alpine meadows. Caterpillars feed on bistorts, alpine smartweed, and maybe some violets. Adults nectar on a variety of alpine flowers. This species can take two years to complete its life cycle, making it one of the longest lived butterflies.


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

swallowtail

old world

phoebus parnassian

tortoiseshell

  
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