Sighting for July 4, 2021

Brian McGurgan

Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site (Glenn Highway Mile 101.1)
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK

Beautiful sunny day with mostly clear skies, occasional clouds, light breeze, and temperatures in the high sixties. I roamed the area around the Matanuska Glacier overlook and the wildflowers around the parking area but saw almost no butterflies. Two light-colored butterflies chased each other down the slope from the overlook but too far away to identify. A tiger swallowtail had flown in front of the car as we approached the pull-off so I’ve counted it for this location. Just as I was about to open the car door to move on, a small blue butterfly fluttered by and I followed it until the butterfly paused at the latrines. Interestingly, my last sighting of a Cranberry Blue was on July 4th 2020 at Denali National Park (Yukon blue is the local subspecies).

  • Canadian Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cranberry Blue 1

Cranberry Blue