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Utah Habitats for Butterflies and Moths

Montane--Price Canyon Recreation Area

1. Wasatch Canyons

2. Wasatch Valley Riparian

3. Wasatch Valley Meadows

4. Wasatch Hilltops

5. Arctic Alpine

6. Basin & Range Province

7. Canyon Country

8. Montane

9. Utah's Dixie

Price Canyon Recreation Area and vicinity is located just off US Hwy 6 roughly 15 miles NNW of Price, Carbon County.  The Price Canyon Recreation Area road is easily accessible from southbound US Hwy 6 traffic.  Butterflies can be found along the access road; but to get to the camping area, drive up the road roughly 5 or 6 miles.

Price Canyon Recreation Area is one of the popular localities for the Pine White (Neophasia menapia menapia); which generally flies from the latter part of July into August.  Other butterflies that can be seen in this canyon are several species of crescents as well as the Colorado Hairstreak (Hypaurotis crysalus citima).  The Small Wood Nymph (Cercyonis oetus charon) also is quite easiliy encountered in the Canyon nectaring on rabbitbrush in August.

Note: Carbon County is one of the few counties in the state of Utah that does NOT have a county record for Papilio indra.  If anyone can document this butterfly in the Carbon County, please e-mail the webmaster.

Price Canyon Recreation Area road exits off of the SW side of UT Hwy 6 roughly 15 miles NNW of Price.

Butterfly Species Checklist For this Habitat:

Swallowtails (Family Papilionidae)       

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus rutulus)
Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata pusillus)

Brush-footed Butterflies (Family Nymphalidae)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)
Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella camillus)
Pale Crescent (Phyciodes pallida barnesi)
Thistle Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyeri latifascia)
Arizona Sister (Adelpha bredowi eulalia)

Gossamer-wing Butterflies (Family Lycaenidae)

Colorado Hairstreak (Hypaurotis crysalus citima)
          Juniper Hairstreak (Mitoura siva siva)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus franki)
Western Tailed-Blue (Everes amyntula)
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon echo)
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus oro)

Milkweed Butterflies (Family Danaidae)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Satyrs (Family Satyridae)

Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia brenda)
Small Wood Nymph (Cercyonis oetus charon)

Skippers (Family Hesperiidae)

Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo burgessi)
Rocky Mountain Duskywing (Erynnis telemachus)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Juba Skipper (Hesperia juba)
          Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides omnigena)

Whites and Sulphurs (Family Pieridae)

Pine White (Neophasia menapia menapia)
Becker's White (Pieris beckeri)
Checkered White (Pieris protodice)
Western White (Pieris occidentalis)
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
Yellow Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)


All images of Limenitis weidemeyeri on the ULS Info Bar courtesy Jay Cossey

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