Sighting for July 11, 2022

Brian McGurgan

Mosquito Lake wetlands, Alaska Pacific University (61.19082° N, 149.81520° W)
Anchorage Municipality, AK

Mostly sunny, breezy, and 73° at 6:45pm but overcast as I finished at 7:15pm. I’ve been checking on this boggy area near our house to confirm if a population of Dorcas Coppers are present. The habitat seems ideal with lots of Shrubby Cinquefoil, and survey data collected in July 1965 by Dr. Kenelm Philip of the University of Alaska Fairbanks indicated a population was present on the Alaska Pacific University campus back then. I’ve visited several times in the past two weeks after first seeing recently-eclosed Dorcas Coppers at nearby Baxter Bog. I hadn’t found Dorcas Coppers yet at the wetlands on campus, though, and faced torment from dive-bombing Mew Gulls and hordes of mosquitoes. After several days of overcast weather, I stopped by this evening when conditions were bright and warm and checked the northwest corner of the bog where the gulls are less aggressive. I was very happy to find a Silver-bordered Fritillary that was cooperative for photos. With some looking I ultimately found several Dorcas Coppers too, so was very happy to confirm a population is still present at this location.

  • Dorcas Copper 3
  • Silver-bordered Fritillary 1

Dorcas Copper

Dorcas Copper

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary