Montana Outdoors

August 5, 2008

A wrong impression

For some reason I usually want to think of butterflies only lazily flitting around from flower to flower in wide green meadows along meandering, slow-moving streams, or in carefully tended gardens which display large varieties of blossoms for their pleasure, and I know they often do, but more of them than I had thought, like this little guy, live in far different environments.

Variegated Fritillary, Euptoieta claudia

Variegated Fritillary, (Euptoieta claudia)

It was found in a small, open area along this trail,

Trail 345 to Bighole L.O.

a dozen miles from the valley floor, high among the firs and cedars in the Cabinet Mountains where the winters come early and even in summer the night-time temperatures are always cool.

From the east slope of Bighole

Come to think of it, maybe, like a man, it’s better off there.

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