Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



Northern Blue
Lycaeides idas

northern blue collage

These small butterflies are found on alpine tundra and subalpine meadows throughout much of Alaska. This one was on Mt. Baldy in Eagle River, on July 7, 2005. They range throughout Canada and northern areas of Europe and Asia. Eggs are laid on lupines, vetches and other legumes. Food plants include various tundra berry plants--crowberry, blueberry, etc. Adults fly in July and August. They nectar on various clover, lupines, and other flowers. I saw some nectaring on Canadian Dogwood. See larger versions of the two photos on the left if you click on them.

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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