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Butterfly identification usually begins with color. The butterfly section splits into categories listed at the bottom of the page based on wing color and/or the butterfly family to help all visitors and members easily categorize and document their butterfly pictures. Anyone looking for butterfly identification help can press the green butterfly button for more information.
Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Pieridae is the formal name of the family that consists of the butterflies with white wings and yellow wings. The picture at the top of the page shows a Margined White butterfly. It’s one of over a dozen species living in Alaska. Here’s the remainder of the list documented in the state.
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
A small, but diverse group of blues, hairstreaks and coppers define Alaska butterflies. Here’s a list. The picture shows a Northern Blue.
Brush Footed Butterflies
Brush Footed butterflies are the most common butterflies in the Northern hemisphere, and Alaska butterflies for the average butterfly enthusiast means Brush footed butterflies.
The most enthusiastic also know that Alaska also recently announced some great butterfly news with the discovery of a new species, the Tanana Arctic (Oeneis tanana).
The picture shows a Northwestern Fritillary, one of over a dozen native Fritillary species. Here’s the entire list.
Red-spotted Purple or White Admiral
Mt. McKinley Alpine
Parnassian are the more cold hardy of the swallowtail family species. Alaska is home to two Parnassian and two Swallowtail species.
- Eversmann’s Parnassian
- Phoebus Parnassian
- Old World Swallowtail
- Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
- Afranius Duskywing
- Persius Duskywing
- Grizzled Skipper
- Arctic Skipper
- Common Branded Skipper