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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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Nodding Onion
Allium cernuum

Habitat: Found on dry banks and rocky hillsides.  Commonly found in prairie regions throughout central and southern Alberta.

Description: The Nodding Onion has pinkish-lavender flowers hanging from long stalks.  The plant is recognized easiest by the distinct bend at the end of the stalk.  The leaves are grass-like and circular.  The plant emits an onion-like odour when it...

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