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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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Large Marble
Euchloe ausonides

Habitat:  The Large Marble can be found flying in open woods and along ridges throughout Alberta

Description:  This butterfly is mostly white save for its hind wing which has a beautiful green marble pattern running through it.  The Large Marble can be distinguished from other marble butterflies by its greater size and also the thick cell bar that can be found on its upper wing.

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