Sighting for June 24, 2022

Brian McGurgan

Mt. Baldy (61.33604° N, 149.48962° W)
Anchorage Municipality, AK

Sunny and 62° as I started hiking at 9:15am and about 70° as I finished at 3:00pm. I reached the 3,280 foot craggy summit by about 10:30am and spent most of my time along the ridge just below the top. Western Whites were hilltopping along the ridge but butterfly activity in general was fairly light. The White-veined Arctic was a species I had hoped to find as I’ve seen them at this location before. This one made me work very hard to get close and for photos. The Labrador Sulphur was a first-time sighting for me, and counts for it and Palaeno are conservative as there were likely more. The Mormon Fritillary and two of the Mustard Whites were observed along the trail as I returned to the parking area, but all other sightings were above the treeline. I searched for but didn’t see Grizzled Skippers, which I had found midway down the trail in muddy spots on 6/12/2021.

  • Old World Swallowtail 1
  • Western White 4
  • Mustard White 4
  • Labrador Sulphur 1
  • Palaeno Sulphur 1
  • Northern Blue 2
  • Cranberry Blue common
  • Mormon Fritillary 1
  • Freija Fritillary common
  • Common Ringlet 1
  • White-veined Arctic 1

Freija Fritillary

Labrador Sulphur

Mormon Fritillary

Mormon Fritillary

Mustard White

Northern Blue

Northern Blue

Old World Swallowtail

Palaeno Sulphur

Western White

Western White

White-veined Arctic

White-veined Arctic

Freija Fritillary

Cranberry Blue