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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

area wildlife + plants

False Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina racemosa

Habitat: Found throughout the woodlands and prairie thickets of Alberta.

Description: The flowers are small and white that grows in dense clusters at the ends of leafy stems.  Each flower resembles a miniature lily which turns into a purple berry when mature.  The plant itself grows in dense patches bearing ovate leaves.

Size: 0.5-1m tall

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