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Large Marble

Euchloe ausonides
Photo by Kim Davis and Mike Stangeland 2009

Habitat:  The Large Marble can be found flying in open woods and along ridges throughout Alberta

Description:  This butterfly is mostly white save for its hind wing which has a beautiful green marble pattern running through it.  The Large Marble can be distinguished from other marble butterflies by its greater size and also the thick cell bar that can be found on its upper wing.

Size:  40-50 mm

Diet:  The caterpillars prefer to eat plants of the mustard family

Fun Fact:  When viewed in the UV spectrum, for some reason some female Large Marbles reflect UV light while other females do not.

Source:

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

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Silky Lupine
Lupinus sericeus
  Covered in soft, silvery hairs.  Compound leaves with 6-10 leaflets, that alternate on the stem.  Individual leaflets are narrow and 3-6cm long.  Flowers grow in long terminal clusters, purple-blue in color (can be white or yellowish).  Silky Lupine's often grown in dense groups.
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