Specimen Photo Plates

The following table provides links to various specimen photo plates (available as printable PDF files) that have been developed by Alberta lepidopterist Norbert Kondla as an aid for identification of similar-looking species:

 FAMILYCOMMON NAMESCIENTIFIC NAMESPECIMEN PHOTO PLATES
1HesperiidaeSilver-spotted SkipperEpargyreus clarus
2HesperiidaeNorthern CloudywingThorybes pylades
3HesperiidaeAfranius DuskywingErynnis afranius
4HesperiidaeDreamy DuskywingErynnis icelusSome male Erynnis icelus variation
West Kootenay Erynnis1
5HesperiidaePacuvius DuskywingErynnis pacuviusWest Kootenay Erynnis1
6HesperiidaePersius DuskywingErynnis persiusWest Kootenay Erynnis1
7HesperiidaePropertius DuskywingErynnis propertius
8HesperiidaeGrizzled SkipperPyrgus centaureaeTwo Pyrgus
9HesperiidaeCommon Checkered-SkipperPyrgus communis
10HesperiidaeTwo-banded Checkered-SkipperPyrgus ruralisTwo Pyrgus
11HesperiidaeCommon SootywingPholisora catullus
12HesperiidaeArctic SkipperCarterocephalus palaemonKondla Carterocephalus nature pics
13HesperiidaeMandan SkipperCarterocephalus mandanKondla Carterocephalus nature pics
14HesperiidaeGarita SkipperlingOarisma garita
15HesperiidaeEuropean SkipperThymelicus lineola
16HesperiidaePlains SkipperHesperia assiniboia
17HesperiidaeWestern Branded SkipperHesperia colorado
18HesperiidaeBoreal Branded SkipperHesperia manitoba
19HesperiidaeJuba SkipperHesperia juba
20HesperiidaeNevada SkipperHesperia nevada
21HesperiidaeDraco SkipperPolites draco
22HesperiidaeLong Dash SkipperPolites mystic
23HesperiidaePeck's SkipperPolites peckius
24HesperiidaeSandhill SkipperPolites sabuleti
25HesperiidaeSonoran SkipperPolites sonora
26HesperiidaeTawny-edged SkipperPolites themistocles
27HesperiidaeSachemAtalopedes campestris
28HesperiidaeWoodland SkipperOchlodes sylvanoides
29HesperiidaeDun SkipperEuphyes vestris
30HesperiidaeCommon Roadside-SkipperAmblyscirtes vialis
31PapilionidaeClodius ParnassianParnassius clodiusSome Western Canada Parnassius males
Some Western Canada Parnassius females
32PapilionidaeEversmann's ParnassianParnassius eversmanniSome Western Canada Parnassius males
Some Western Canada Parnassius females
33PapilionidaePhoebus ParnassianParnassius phoebusSome Western Canada Parnassius males
Some Western Canada Parnassius females
34PapilionidaeRocky Mountain ParnassianParnassius smintheusSome Western Canada Parnassius males
Some Western Canada Parnassius females
35PapilionidaeCanadian Tiger SwallowtailPapilio canadensisPterourus canadensis Bragg Creek
Two Pterourus
36PapilionidaePale SwallowtailPapilio eurymedonPterourus eurymedon
37PapilionidaeIndra SwallowtailPapilio indra
38PapilionidaeOld World SwallowtailPapilio machaonFour Papilio
Some Papilio
Papilio aliaska
39PapilionidaeTwo-tailed SwallowtailPapilio multicaudataSpring and Summer Pterourus multicaudatus
40PapilionidaeWestern Tiger SwallowtailPapilio rutulusTwo Pterourus
41PapilionidaeAnise SwallowtailPapilio zelicaonPapilio zelicaon
42PieridaePine WhiteNeophasia menapiaThree Whites
Neophasia menapia tau
43PieridaeBecker's WhitePontia beckerii
44PieridaeWestern WhitePontia occidentalisA Pontia Pair
Some Pontia occidentalis
45PieridaeCheckered WhitePontia protodice
46PieridaeSpring WhitePontia sisymbrii
47PieridaeArctic WhitePieris angelikaThree Whites
Odd Pieris
48PieridaeMargined WhitePieris marginalisThree Whites
Three Pieris females
Odd Pieris
Pieris Greenslide Creek
Pieris marginalis tremblayi
Pieris Nonda Creek
Reicheli vs tremblayi
reicheli vs ziegleri females
49PieridaeMustard WhitePieris oleraceaThree Pieris females
Odd Pieris
50PieridaeCabbage WhitePieris rapaePieris rapae male spring vs summer
Pieris rapae Pair 2
51PieridaeLarge MarbleEuchloe ausonidesSome Northern Euchloe
52PieridaeNorthern MarbleEuchloe creusa
53PieridaeDesert MarbleEuchloe lotta
54PieridaeGreen MarbleEuchloe nainaSome Northern Euchloe
55PieridaePacific OrangetipAnthocharis sara
56PieridaeStella OrangetipAnthocharis stellaSome Anthocharis females
More Anthocharis
Some West Kootenay female Anthocharis
Kalamalka Lake Anthocharis males
57PieridaeQueen Alexandra's SulphurColias alexandraAB-BC edwardsii
Some BC Colias edwardsii variation
Some Female Colias
Two Yellow Colias Taxa
58PieridaeCanadian SulphurColias canadensisColias canadensis images
59PieridaeChristina SulphurColias christinaColias christina christina
Northeast British Columbia female Colias christina
Some Female Colias
60PieridaeOrange SulphurColias eurythemeColias eriyphyle vs C eurytheme females
Colias eriyphyle vs C eurytheme spring males
Female Colias eurytheme
61PieridaeGiant SulphurColias giganteaColias gigantea vs Colias interior
62PieridaeHecla SulphurColias hecla
63PieridaePink-edged SulphurColias interiorColias gigantea vs Colias interior
64PieridaeAlberta SulphurColias elisColias elis
65PieridaeLabrador SulphurColias nastes
66PieridaeWestern SulphurColias occidentalis
67PieridaeChippewa SulphurColias palaeno spp. chippewaA few palaeno
Colias chippewa females
68PieridaePelidne SulphurColias pelidne
69PieridaeClouded SulphurColias philodiceColias eriyphyle vs C eurytheme females
Colias eriyphyle vs C eurytheme spring males
Fall Colias philodice
Female Colias philodice
Some Colias philodice males elk vs kootenay
Some Colias philodice males kootenay spring-summer
Some summer Colias eriphyle males
Some vitabunda
Peace River philodice
Some Peace Region philodice
70LycaenidaeLustrous CopperLycaena cupreus
71LycaenidaeGray CopperLycaena dione
72LycaenidaeDorcas CopperLycaena dorcas
73LycaenidaeEdith's CopperLycaena editha
74LycaenidaePurplish CopperLycaena helloides
75LycaenidaeBlue CopperLycaena heteroneaLycaena heteronea
76LycaenidaeBronze CopperLycaena hyllus
77LycaenidaeMariposa CopperLycaena mariposa
78LycaenidaeLilac-bordered CopperLycaena nivalis
79LycaenidaeLittle CopperLycaena phlaeas
80LycaenidaeBehr's HairstreakSatyrium behrii
81LycaenidaeCalifornia HairstreakSatyrium californica
82LycaenidaeStriped HairstreakSatyrium liparops
83LycaenidaeHedgerow HairstreakSatyrium saepiumTwo male Satyrium saepium
84LycaenidaeHalf-moon HairstreakSatyrium semiluna
85LycaenidaeSylvan HairstreakSatyrium sylvinus
86LycaenidaeCoral HairstreakSatyrium titus
87LycaenidaeImmaculate Green HairstreakCallophrys affinisTwo Green Elfins
88LycaenidaeBrown ElfinCallophrys augustinus
89LycaenidaeWestern Pine ElfinCallophrys eryphon
90LycaenidaeJuniper HairstreakCallophrys gryneusFour Mitoura Females1
91LycaenidaeJohnson's HairstreakCallophrys johnsoni
92LycaenidaeMoss' ElfinCallophrys mossii
93LycaenidaeNelson's HairstreakCallophrys nelsoniFour Mitoura Females1
94LycaenidaeEastern Pine ElfinCallophrys niphon
95LycaenidaeHoary ElfinCallophrys polios
96LycaenidaeSheridan's Green HairstreakCallophrys sheridaniiTwo Green Elfins
Callophrys sheridanii Venter Variation
97LycaenidaeThicket HairstreakCallophrys spinetorum
98LycaenidaeGray HairstreakStrymon melinus
99LycaenidaeEastern Tailed-BlueCupido comyntasA few Cupido1
100LycaenidaeWestern Tailed-BlueCupido amyntulaA few Cupido1
101LycaenidaeWestern AzureCelastrina echoMiscellaneous Blues2
102LycaenidaeNorthern Spring AzureCelastrina luciaMiscellaneous Blues2
Two Boreal Azures
103LycaenidaeSquare-dotted BlueEuphilotes battoidesMiscellaneous Blues2
104LycaenidaeSilvery BlueGlaucopsyche lygdamusMiscellaneous Blues2
105LycaenidaeArrowhead BlueGlaucopsyche piasusMiscellaneous Blues2
106LycaenidaeArctic BluePlebejus glandonSome British Columbia Agriades
Miscellaneous Blues2
107LycaenidaeBoisduval's BluePlebejus icarioidesMiscellaneous Blues2
108LycaenidaeNorthern BluePlebejus idas
109LycaenidaeLupine BluePlebejus lupiniMiscellaneous Blues2
110LycaenidaeMelissa BluePlebejus melissaMiscellaneous Blues2
111LycaenidaeCranberry BluePlebejus optileteMiscellaneous Blues2
112LycaenidaeGreenish BluePlebejus saepiolusMiscellaneous Blues2
113RiodinidaeMormon MetalmarkApodemia mormoApodemia mormo pair
114NymphalidaeVariegated FritillaryEuptoieta claudia
115NymphalidaeAphrodite FritillarySpeyeria aphroditeSpeyeria aphrodite types
Some Male BC Speyeria
116NymphalidaeAtlantis FritillarySpeyeria atlantisSome Male BC Speyeria
Speyeria atlantis vs S hesperis
Fort Nelson Frits
117NymphalidaeCallippe FritillarySpeyeria callippeSome Male BC Speyeria
Speyeria callippe chilcotinensis
Speyeria callippe semivirida
118NymphalidaeGreat Spangled FritillarySpeyeria cybeleMackenzie Speyeria cybele Females
Mackenzie Speyeria cybele Males
Some Male BC Speyeria
Two female Speyeria leto
119NymphalidaeNorthwestern FritillarySpeyeria hesperisSome Male BC Speyeria
Speyeria atlantis vs S hesperis
Fort Nelson Frits
120NymphalidaeHydaspe FritillarySpeyeria hydaspeSome Male BC Speyeria
121NymphalidaeMormon FritillarySpeyeria mormoniaSome Speyeria mormonia 2
Some Male BC Speyeria
122NymphalidaeZerene FritillarySpeyeria zerenesome zerene
Rocky Mountain Speyeria
Argynnis garretti Gunder 1932
Some Male BC Speyeria
Some western Canada zerene
123NymphalidaeAlaskan FritillaryBoloria alaskensis
124NymphalidaeAlberta FritillaryBoloria albertaClossiana alberta
125NymphalidaeAstarte FritillaryBoloria astarte
126NymphalidaeMeadow FritillaryBoloria bellona
127NymphalidaeArctic FritillaryBoloria chariclea
128NymphalidaePacific FritillaryBoloria epithore
129NymphalidaeBog FritillaryBoloria eunomiaProclossiana eunomia females
Proclossiana eunomia males
130NymphalidaeFreija FritillaryBoloria freijaTwo Fresh Clossiana freija
131NymphalidaeFrigga FritillaryBoloria frigga
132NymphalidaeDingy FritillaryBoloria improba
133NymphalidaeBeringian FritillaryBoloria natazhati
134NymphalidaePolaris FritillaryBoloria polaris
135NymphalidaeSilver-bordered FritillaryBoloria myrina
136NymphalidaeHoffmann's CheckerspotChlosyne hoffmanniFour Chlosyne
137NymphalidaeNorthern CheckerspotChlosyne pallaFour Chlosyne
138NymphalidaeRockslide CheckerspotChlosyne damoetasFour Chlosyne
139NymphalidaeTawny CrescentPhyciodes batesiiSome Phycoides
A Few Phyciodes Pairs
Some Western Canada Female Phyciodes
140NymphalidaeNorthern CrescentPhyciodes cocytaSome Phycoides
A Few Phyciodes Pairs
Some Western Canada Female Phyciodes
Phycoides pascoensis
141NymphalidaeMylitta CrescentPhyciodes mylittaSome Western Canada Female Phyciodes
142NymphalidaePale CrescentPhyciodes pallidaA few Phycoides pallidus
Some Western Canada Female Phyciodes
143NymphalidaeField CrescentPhyciodes pulchellaSome Phycoides pulchellus BC
Some Western Canada Female Phyciodes
144NymphalidaeAnicia CheckerspotEuphydryas aniciaTwo Euphydryas anicia
Some Euphydryas anicia
Southeast British Columbia Euphydryas
145NymphalidaeVariegated CheckerspotEuphydryas chalcedonaEuphydryas colon paradoxa
146NymphalidaeEdith's CheckerspotEuphydryas edithaSome northern Euphydryas editha females
Some northern Euphydryas editha males1
Southeast British Columbia Euphydryas
147NymphalidaeGillette's CheckerspotEuphydryas gillettiiSoutheast British Columbia Euphydryas
148NymphalidaeGreen CommaPolygonia faunusFour Polygonia faunus
149NymphalidaeHoary CommaPolygonia graciliseastcentral bc Polygonia gracilis
Miscellaneous gracilis complex
150NymphalidaeOreas CommaPolygonia oreasPolygonia oreas threatfuli pair
151NymphalidaeGray CommaPolygonia progne
152NymphalidaeSatyr CommaPolygonia satyrusPolygonia satyrus comparison 1
Polygonia satyrus
153NymphalidaeMourning CloakNymphalis antiopaSome West Kootenay Cloaks
154NymphalidaeCalifornia TortoiseshellNymphalis californicaSome Nymphalis californica
155NymphalidaeCompton TortoiseshellNymphalis j-albumSome variation in male Roddia j-album watsoni
156NymphalidaeMilbert's TortoiseshellAglais milbertiTwo Aglais milberti
157NymphalidaeWest Coast LadyVanessa annabella
158NymphalidaeRed AdmiralVanessa atalantaVanessa atalanta
159NymphalidaePainted LadyVanessa cardui
160NymphalidaeAmerican LadyVanessa virginiensis
161NymphalidaeViceroyLimenitis archippus
162NymphalidaeWhite AdmiralLimenitis arthemis
163NymphalidaeLorquin's AdmiralLimenitis lorquini
164NymphalidaeCommon RingletCoenonympha inornataMiscellaneous ringlets vs sweadneri
165NymphalidaeSmall Wood-NymphCercyonis oetus
166NymphalidaeCommon Wood-NymphCercyonis pegala
167NymphalidaeGreat Basin Wood-NymphCercyonis sthenele
168NymphalidaeRed-disked AlpineErebia discoidalisThree Erebia discoidalis
169NymphalidaeCommon AlpineErebia epipsodea
170NymphalidaeMt. Mackinley AlpineErebia mackinleyensis
171NymphalidaeMagdalena AlpineErebia magdalena
172NymphalidaeTaiga AlpineErebia mancinus
173NymphalidaeYellow Dotted AlpineErebia pawloskii
174NymphalidaeRoss's AlpineErebia rossiiAn Erebia Pair
175NymphalidaeVidler's AlpineErebia vidleri
176NymphalidaeAlberta ArcticOeneis albertaA Few Oeneis alberta males
177NymphalidaeWhite-veined ArcticOeneis bore
178NymphalidaeChryxus ArcticOeneis chryxusTwo Oeneis taxa
Some Coast Mtns Oeneis
179NymphalidaeCalais ArcticOeneis calaisTwo Oeneis taxa
Some Coast Mtns Oeneis
180NymphalidaeBalder's ArcticOeneis balderi
181NymphalidaeMacoun's ArcticOeneis macounii
182NymphalidaeMelissa ArcticOeneis melissaOeneis 'melissa' 3
183NymphalidaeGreat ArcticOeneis nevadensis
184NymphalidaePhilip's ArcticOeneis rosovii
185NymphalidaePolixenes ArcticOeneis polixenes
186NymphalidaeUhler's ArcticOeneis uhleriThree male Oeneis uhleri
187NymphalidaeMonarchDanaus plexippus

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