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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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Northern Harrier
Circus cyaneus

Male: light grey back, with white belly and has black wing tips. Female: reddish-brown back, and white belly. Both have a white patch on their rump above their tail.

 

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