North American Butterfly Association
Baxter Bog Park, Anchorage (61.18489° N, 149.75657° W)
Anchorage Municipality, AK
Sunny, still, and 71° with haze from a nearby wildfire from 6 to 7:15pm. I donned gumboots and stomped into the bog to check the Shrubby Cinquefoil for any early-emerging Dorcas Coppers. There was no sign of Coppers and the mosquitos were awful, but I had some very nice successes that made the countless bug bites entirely worthwhile. Very small butterflies with violet-blue dorsal wing surfaces proved to be my first Cranberry Blues of the season. I spotted a Common Ringlet bobbing across the bog at a distance. And I had some frustratingly quick glimpses of bright orange fritillaries flying low over the bog. I sloshed my way around the marsh until close enough to a few of them for identification photos and confirmed my first-ever sighting of Silver-bordered Fritillaries.
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