Restricted to open habitats including damp meadows, marshes, bogs, and fens with an abundance of grasses, sedges, mosses, and low shrubs (Banfield 1974). Inhabits sphagnum bogs, wet meadows, moist mixed and coniferous forests; alpine sedge meadows, krummholz spruce-fir forest with dense herbaceous and mossy understory, mossy streamsides (Clough and Albright 1987). In Alaska, occupy cold bog or spring areas mostly in boreal forests, but can also be found near rocky cliffs (Whitney 1994, MacDonald et al. 2003).
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