Inhabits boreal forests, mixed forests, muskeg bogs, birches and streamside willows, including young and mature spruce and sometimes balsam fir. In northern Alaska, occurs in a variety of forests, including spruce, mixed spruce, alder, and willow (Gabrielson and Lincoln 1959, Irving 1960).
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