Subject: Milbert’s Tortoiseshell
Geographic location of the bug: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Time: 03:13 AM EDT
From my research I gather this is a common butterfly, but I though you might be interested in a photo of the undersides of its wings. Almost looks prehistoric.
How you want your letter signed: Jeanne
Your images are quite beautiful. The Milbert’s Tortoiseshell is not considered a rare species, but we have not received an image since 2011. Furthermore, we love getting submissions from Alaska. The Milbert’s Tortoiseshell is considered one of the Anglewing Butterflies, a group that has brown, mottled markings on the underwings that help to camouflage the brightly colored butterfly when it alights and folds its wings near dried leaves and on tree trunks.