Butterflies Along Alaska's Hiking Trails



 Arctic Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon

These small butterflies (about 1 inch, or a bit larger) live in forests through Canada and several northern states. It does not live in the Arctic, in spite of its common name. I found this one in a steeply sloped meadow, just below the treeline, on the Twin Peaks trail about 25 miles from Anchorage. It was the only one that I saw of this species, although there were two species of blues, arctic whites, and swallowtails in abundance all along the trail.

Here's another Arctic Skipper, seen at the
Alaska Botanical Gardens, nectaring on Lychnis alpina (Siberian campion)

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