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Acmon Blue

Plebejus acmon
Photo by Aaron Michael Peterson 2006

Habitat:  These butterflies love to lounge by mud puddles

Description:  The Acmon Blue is very similar in appearance to the Melissa Blue.  Both species have dull undersides with an orange band and bright blue inner wings.  However the Acmon blue is typically smaller in size and also has orange band across the inside of its hind wing.

Size:  20-25mm

Diet:  The caterpillars feed on lupine and umbrella plants

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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Checkered White
Pieris protodice

Habitat:  The Checkered White is a migrant species that flies up into the prairies and parkland areas of southern Alberta in the spring time to lay their eggs.

Description:  A predominately white butterfly, on the upper side of its wings it has dark splotches along the edges arranged like a checker board.

Size:  40 -50 mm

Diet:  The...

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