Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis antiopa

mourning cloak

Mourning Cloaks hibernate as adults and fly in early spring, when they mate and lay their eggs. They go through the life stages during the summer and emerge as adults in late summer. This one appeared to be freshly emerged from the chrysalis, and was enjoying a sunny day in the fall. Some Mourning Cloaks apparently live up to a year, which makes it the longest lived butterfly in North America. It ranges throughout most of North America, Europe and Asia, and lives along streams and woodlands. Click on either view for a full-screen version. This butterfly was photographed along the Puritan Creek Trail, September 7, 2003.

 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.
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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