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Western White

Ponita occidentalis
Photo by Nicky Davis 2007

Habitat:  The Western White can be found throughout Alberta

Description:  Very similar in appearance to the Checkered White, the Western White is more heavily marked on its front wing tips and has darker, black markings on its upper wings.

Size:  40-50 mm

Diet:  They primarily feed on mustard family plants

Fun Fact:  Unlike most butterflies, both sexes chase each other for prospective mates

Source:

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

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Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina stellata

Habitat: It is widely distributed throughout Alberta. It prefers moist wooded areas or along the edges of river banks.

Description: Large, stiff leaves zig-zag up the plants stems.  At the top of the plant a few small star-shaped flowers, white in colour grow.

Size: 20-60cm

Fun Facts: The root, when made into a powder, was...

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