Montana Outdoors

August 3, 2008

Butterflies are orange, and fungi are white

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:39 pm

Well, maybe not always.

Butterfly

Fungi

(Both were found along the Spring Creek trail in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains at about 4,000 feet.)

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  1. Cool!

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    Comment by Patia — August 3, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

  2. Pretty little things, aren’t they! At first I thought the butterfly (more correctly a “Miller”, I think) was a petal from the mock orange.

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    Comment by montucky — August 4, 2008 @ 6:52 am

  3. Interesting idea for a post.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — August 4, 2008 @ 7:53 am

  4. Maybe they switched places…sort of like Jackson Pollock and the dog.

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    Comment by Pinhole — August 4, 2008 @ 8:52 am

  5. I like how fuzzy the Miller is.

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    Comment by Tabbie — August 4, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

  6. Scienceguy,
    I just thought they were pretty little things (both are quite small).

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    Comment by montucky — August 4, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

  7. Or they exist in a parallel world, Pinhole, where color is reversed.

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    Comment by montucky — August 4, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

  8. Tabbie,
    Me too. I wonder why there is the fringe on the edges of its wings.

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    Comment by montucky — August 4, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

  9. Surely it’s aerodynamics.

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    Comment by Tabbie — August 4, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

  10. Or it might make them quieter maybe.

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    Comment by montucky — August 4, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

  11. fun post!

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    Comment by silken — August 5, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  12. Yes. It seems like there’s always something pretty out there wherever I go. Of course, I’m a charter member of the “Organization for the easily amused”.

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    Comment by montucky — August 5, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  13. Love this! And that orange fungus is a mighty awesome fungus. I’m rather partial to those creatures.

    And kinda on the subject, recent DNA analysis indicates that fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants. Fungi are so peculiar that they are regarded as neither plant nor animal, but rather their own thing. The divergence of animals and fungi seems to have taken place about 965 million years ago.

    You can read more about fungus evolution at http://www.oldkingdom.org/UG_projects/Jon_Dixon/fungi_origin.htm

    I find the subject kind of fascinating.

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    Comment by Bo — August 7, 2008 @ 11:36 am

  14. There are so many fungi in this area that it’s amazing. One could spend a huge amount of time with them. This summer, after all of the wildfires we had last year, the forests are full of migrants, mostly Asians, picking mushrooms commercially. There is a huge and very lucrative market for Morels especially. They have even taken all of one of my favorites, the giant puffball.

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    Comment by montucky — August 7, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

  15. This spring at our Farmers’ Market, morels were going for 28 dollars a pound. That’s a lotta cash for a mushroom. They are delicious though…

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    Comment by Bo — August 7, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  16. I haven’t really paid attention to what the Morels are going for. We gathered a bunch for our own use though and have included them in several meals so far.

    Right now lots of folks are picking huckleberries which now sell for $30 to $40 a gallon. I picked a few today for our use and some for the freezer.

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    Comment by montucky — August 7, 2008 @ 8:20 pm


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