Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



Arctic White Butterfly
Pieris angelika

The Arctic White is very common in the Anchorage area, and add delight to many of our trails. This one was seen along the Byron Glacier Trail, in a wooded area, July 7, 2004. It is nectaring on rockcress, Arabis lyrata. Arctic Whites prefer woodlands and alpine tundra, ranging through Alaska, Yukon, and Northwest Territories. Adults nectar on a wide variety of flowers. Caterpillars feed on plants of the mustard family. They overwinter as pupa (chrysalis).


Here are some full-screen photographs of the Arctic White
Large version of the photo above

Closeup of Arctic White on Mountain Ash buds

You will find more information on the Arctic White Butterfly 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