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Aythya valisineria
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Habitat: Shallow wetlands, lakes and ponds with water plants.

Description: Male: White back, chestnut head, a black breast and red eyes.  Female: grey back, and lighter brown head.

Size: 48-56cm long

Diet: roots, tubers, stems of plants, and bulrush seeds.

Fun Facts: They can dive up to nine meters to feed on aquatic plants!

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Alfalfa Sulphurs
Colias eurytheme

Habitat:  The Alfalfa Sulphur can be found throughout southern and central Alberta from May to October.

Description:  Also known as the Orange Sulphur, the Alfalfa Sulphur looks very similar to other Sulphur butterflies but can be distinguished by three small dots on each of its underwings.  The tops of their wings however are orange.

Size:  35-40 mm

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