North American Butterfly Association
Front yard, east Anchorage
Anchorage Municipality, AK
Early-season sightings in our front yard on a sunny evening in late April. We had just returned from a weekend of beluga monitoring in Kenai and I saw two faded tortoiseshells chasing each other across the dried grasses of the southern-facing yard, only recently exposed after the snow had melted. I noticed a third butterfly flutter down and land with brighter orange and was very happy for a Green Comma (Arctic anglewing is the local subspecies), still with brilliant coloration despite a very long winter spent hibernating.
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