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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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Death Camas
Zigadenus venenosus

Habitat: The Death Camas is common throughout southern Alberta.  It can be found in grasslands and in moist areas like around the edges of sloughs.

Description: It flowers in early summer and is characterized by its long grass-like leaves coming from the base of the stem and the small bunches of cream coloured flowers.

Size: 20-40cm tall

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