North American Butterfly Association
Chase Trail, Talkeetna (62.32844° N, 150.12089° W)
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK
Sunny and 77° with a light breeze, from 2:40 to 4pm. Butterflies were scarce considering the warmth and sunlight, but pollen sources were limited along the trail through woods primarily consisting of large cottonwoods and still-unfurling ferns. I found a couple of Tiger Swallowtails by the edge of the rapidly flowing Susitna River, and got fleeting glimpses of an Anglewing in flight. When returning down the trail I checked the spot again and found the Comma more cooperative, allowing me identification photos between skittish bouts of flight and several moments perched on my hat. A Mourning Cloak also insisted on sitting on my hat and on my shutter finger too making photos a real challenge. I saw a light-colored butterfly cross the trail but at too great a distance for identification (probably a Mustard White).
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
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