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Pale Swallowtail

Papilio eurymedon
Photo Source: http://www.thebutterflyfarm.com/usa-gardening-region-2

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: 90 -100 mm

Diet: The adults enjoy snacking on Saskatoon leaves where the larvae chiefly feed on buckthorn.

Fun Facts: It is unclear whether the Pale Swallowtail actually breeds in Alberta or not, as no one has found a living larvae here.

Source:

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

Mitchell, Robert, and Herbert S. Zim. Butterflies and Moths. Racine: Western Publishing Company Inc.,1987. Print

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Arctic Blue
Agriades franklinii

Habitat:  The Arctic Blue can be found throughout Alberta, except for in the mountains.  The Arctic Blue prefers open, dry, sandy places and gets its name from its large habitat range that continues all the way into the Arctic islands.

Description:  Mostly a dingy blue in color, on the underside of the hind wings can be found white spotting

Size:  25-30mm...

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