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Pygmy Shrew

Sorex hoyi
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Habitat: Moist or dry forests and open areas.  Deep spruce woods, bogs, grassy or brushy areas, cattails and rocky slopes.

Description: reddish or greyish brown back, with a lighter belly.  They are extremely tiny, with pointy noses.

Size: 2.7-3.3 cm long, 2.5-6.3g

Diet: larval and adult insects, earthworms, snails, slugs, and carrion.

Fun Facts: It weighs no more than a penny, but can eat 3 times their body weight in one day.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio Canadensis

Habitat: The Tiger Swallowtail can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to July.  They can most likely be found on hill tops that are covered my Aspen Poplars but they are also frequently seen in urban settings visiting gardens.

Description: A yellow and black butterfly, it can be recognised by the black stripes crossing yellow wings, and of course the small tail coming off the back...

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