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Arctic Skipper

Carterocephalus palaemon
Photo by Frank Model

Habitat: The Arctic Skipper can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to June.  Prefers open areas of poplar and mixed forests.  Once found throughout North America, Europe and Asia the Arctic Skipper is now extinct in England due to habitat disturbance and pesticide use.

Description: The Arctic Skipper is the most recognizable of Albertan Skippers.   It is characterized by its orange, brown and white checkered patterned wings.

Size: 20-30 mm

Diet: Wildflowers found in forest meadows.  The caterpillars are grass eaters.

Fun Fact: The caterpillars live together in groups wrapped in tubes of rolled up grass that is held together by their silk.

Source: 

Acorn, John. Butterflies of Alberta. Edmonton: Lone Pine Publishing, 1993. Print

 

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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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