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Arctic Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon
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General Description

By Nora Bryan

The Arctic Skipper can be found across Alberta from mid-May through June, some eking out a living into July in cooler parts of the Province. This distinctive-looking skipper is most at home in forested areas, especially around grassy clearings.

The upper wing surfaces are brown with a mosaic or orange patches. The underwings, which are easily seen when the butterfly is at rest, are tan or pale orange with brown patches and translucent white patches that are ringed with brown.

The cream-coloured caterpillars have a faint stripe on the back further adorned with a yellow line and a row of black spots on the side. They feed on grasses. It takes a bit of work to find them as they roll grass blades, into communal tubes, held together by silk. They overwinter as caterpillars.

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Where to find Arctic Skippers in Alberta   

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Arctic Skipper Behaviour   

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Recent Arctic Skipper Reports in Alberta


No. Location Reporter Date
1 Butcher Creek Natural Area Blake 2009/06/16
1 Elk Island NP Bailey 2008/06/08
1 Red Deer College Lands Blake 2007/06/21
1 Sibbald Tr Bryan 2005/07/17
1 Weaselhead/Glenmore Pk Bryan 2005/06/20

Arctic Skipper Hotspots in Alberta

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