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Melissa Blue

Lycaeides Melissa
Photo Source: http://www.toledozoo.org/animals/fact-pages/conservation/karner_blue_butterfly/data.html

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.

Size:  20-30mm

Diet:  The larva feed on the legumes where ants tend to them

Fun Fact:  The band found along the wings is called an aurora by lepidopterists (a scientist that studies butterflies).

Source:

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

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Alfalfa Sulphurs
Colias eurytheme

Habitat:  The Alfalfa Sulphur can be found throughout southern and central Alberta from May to October.

Description:  Also known as the Orange Sulphur, the Alfalfa Sulphur looks very similar to other Sulphur butterflies but can be distinguished by three small dots on each of its underwings.  The tops of their wings however are orange.

Size:  35-40 mm

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