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North American Ecology (US and Canada)

Oeneis taygete is resident to northern Canada and Alaska, and also exists in several separate populations in the Rocky Mountains as far south as Utah (Scott 1986). Habitats are arctic/alpine zone tundra, especially moist hummocky areas. Host plant is the sedge Carex misandra (Cyperaceae) and grasses. Eggs are laid on blades. This species is biennial, individuals overwinter probably as young larvae the first winter, and as fourth and fifth instar larvae the second winter. There is one flight each year with the approximate flight time late June-early Aug., June 15-July 31 in western Arctic (Scott 1986).


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