Montana Outdoors

May 8, 2008

Tiny visitor

Filed under: Butterflies, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 5:50 pm

This afternoon while stalking a wildflower, I was very pleased when this little guy came along and graciously stayed to pose for his portrait. I think he’s related to one I came across last July.

Gray butterfly

He appears to have a lot of attitude for a little critter only an inch tall!

Gray butterfly

He would be a good mascot for a sports team: “The fighting butterflies”!


  1. Wow..Terry this is fantastic, you really nailed the detail and color in this, and this was not an easy image to get I am sure.

    Very nicely done !! šŸ™‚


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — May 8, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

  2. Thanks, Bernie! Another shot from the prone position, but the key to it was his patience. Isn’t he a gorgeous little creature though? Maybe in some way he could sense my appreciation for him.


    Comment by montucky — May 8, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

  3. Terry,

    Your photos are breathtaking. What camera do you use for your butterfly and flower closeups?

    Cee Cee


    Comment by Cee Cee — May 8, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

  4. Cee Cee, thanks for the visit and the kind words! I use a Kodak Z712IS. If you click on any of the photos it will take you to the photo on flickr and to the right it displays the camera. Just below that under (I thin kit is) “more properties”, it will also show the camera settings for that photo if that interests you.


    Comment by montucky — May 8, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

  5. Great butterfly portrait! I especially like the head-on shot.


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — May 9, 2008 @ 8:43 am

  6. The head on is super – a really different view. He looks like a pretty hairy guy!


    Comment by Bo — May 9, 2008 @ 8:48 am

  7. Thanks, Adam! I couldn’t believe that he was so patient that he let me get both shots.


    Comment by montucky — May 9, 2008 @ 9:23 am

  8. Yes, he is really hairy. He’s so tiny I couldn’t see that without the camera. That’s another thing I like about digital: it doesn’t cost anything to try something and it’s often surprising what comes out.


    Comment by montucky — May 9, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  9. Boy that second shot is gorgeous… they must like you! I rarely can get that close to any butterfly. šŸ™‚


    Comment by aullori — May 11, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  10. There seems to be something special about this particular species, or the season, or something. They are very tame.


    Comment by montucky — May 11, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

  11. Hello, Montucky!

    My friend, Patia, recommended your site to me recently and I’ve been reading it religiously ever since. I had to move to DC from Missoula for some work (alas!!! the tragedy!!!); however, I know it’s only a little while before I head back to the mountains. In the meantime, thank you for bringing them to me. I can’t tell you what a difference this has made in my life.

    Cheers, Kelly


    Comment by Kelly — May 17, 2008 @ 11:15 am

  12. Thank you for visiting, Kelly! I still remember the long years when I was away from Montana too and how hard that was! I guess that makes coming back all that much sweeter though.


    Comment by montucky — May 17, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  13. Indeed!


    Comment by Kelly — May 18, 2008 @ 3:48 am

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