Phoebus Parnassian (Parnassius phoebus)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Papilionidae (pap-ill-lee-ON-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Parnassius (par-NASS-ee-us) (Info)
Species: phoebus (FEE-bus) (Info)

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On Aug 16, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Wing span: 1 7/8 - 2 1/4 inches (4.7 - 5.8 cm).

Identification: Antenna with alternating black and white rings; front of head with white hairs centrally with black hairs on the two margins; male forewing lacking a small black median spot near trailing edge of forewing; male submarginal band of forewing broad relative to that of the Rocky Mountain Parnassian.

Flight: One flight mainly late June to late August.

Caterpillar hosts: Stonecrop (Sedum) in the Crassulaceae family.

Habitat: Moist tundra and alpine meadows.

Range: Holarctic. In North America occuring through most of southern Alaska (including southwest Alaska Coast, Alaska Range, and south to Kodiak Island) and running eastward into western Yukon (Ogilvie Mou... read more

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