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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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Common Goldeneye
Bucephala clangula
Male: Dark green head, round white patches on the cheeks, dark bill, dark back, and white sides and belly. Female: Chocolate brown head, lighter breast and belly, grey-brown back and a dark bill that is tipped in yellow during spring/summer.
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