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Checkered White

Pieris protodice
Photo Source: http://www.opsu.edu/Academics/SciMathNurs/NaturalScience/PlantsInsectsOfGoodwell/butterfly/file/checkeredwhite.html

Habitat:  The Checkered White is a migrant species that flies up into the prairies and parkland areas of southern Alberta in the spring time to lay their eggs.

Description:  A predominately white butterfly, on the upper side of its wings it has dark splotches along the edges arranged like a checker board.

Size:  40 -50 mm

Diet:  The caterpillars love to feed on the plants of the mustard family

Fun Fact: Mother Checkered Whites lay bright orange eggs and will only lay their eggs on plants that do not have any eggs on them yet

Source:

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

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Anise Swallowtail
Papilio zelican

Habitat: The Anise Swallowtail can be found throughout Alberta and depending on the weather, out of the pupa stage as early as late April continuing on until mid-August. It is primarily a forest butterfly but can sometimes be found in the prairies and in alpine regions.

Description: This butterfly comes in two colour forms, the typical yellow colour and a black version.  The best way to...

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