About Us

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

 

area wildlife + plants

Pale Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon

Habitat: You are most likely able to see this Swallowtail in May or June.  It is a species that is rare in Alberta and can only be found in the extreme southwest. Predominately a forest butterfly, it prefers dry, open forests.

Description: A black and white butterfly, its wings are covered with thick black stripes with a small tail protruding off each hind wing.

Size:...

Click on Area Plants
to find out more.
Click on Area Wildlife
to find out more.

Our Sponsors & Partners