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Northern Cloudy Wing
Thorybes pylades
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General Description

By Nora Bryan

The Northern Cloudywing makes its home across Alberta. Look for this dusky butterfly nectaring at flowers, sipping at mud puddles or just resting on the ground in partly wooded areas or prairie hilltops. It rarely occurs in built-up areas.

This medium-sized very dark brown skipper often holds its wings out (unlike most skippers) revealing just a few pale spots near the lading edge of the wing.

The brown-headed caterpillars are dark green with a dark line down the back and paler side stripes. They conceal themselves in leaf nests of leguminous plants.

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Where to find Northern Cloudy Wings in Alberta   

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Recent Northern Cloudy Wing Reports in Alberta


No. Location Reporter Date
1 Leduc County Blake 2010/06/01
3 Elk Island NP Bailey 2008/06/08
4 Weaselhead/Glenmore Pk Bryan 2006/06/04
1 Douglas Glen Davis 2004/06/03
4 Bow Valley PP Davis 2004/05/30

Northern Cloudy Wing Hotspots in Alberta

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