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Arctic Blue

Agriades franklinii
Photo by Barbara Magnuson and Larry Kimball

Habitat:  The Arctic Blue can be found throughout Alberta, except for in the mountains.  The Arctic Blue prefers open, dry, sandy places and gets its name from its large habitat range that continues all the way into the Arctic islands.

Description:  Mostly a dingy blue in color, on the underside of the hind wings can be found white spotting

Size:  25-30mm

Diet:  The caterpillars enjoy feeding on legumes

Fun Fact:  The Arctic Blues cannot be found in the mountains because they have been pushed out by a competing butterfly species, the Rustic Blue.

Source:

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

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Melissa Blue
Lycaeides Melissa

Habitat:  Melissa Blues can be found in southern Alberta, particularly around the Peace River area.  They enjoy sandy places in prairies and parklands.

Description:  The underside of the Melissa Blue is quite dull with an orange or red band running along the outer edge of the hind wing.  The inside of its wings are a different story, revealing a vibrant blue.

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