Montana Outdoors

July 20, 2009

Just because it’s so pretty.

Filed under: Butterflies, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:08 pm

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Western Tailed-Blue,
Cupido amyntula


  1. Beautiful. That is a moth, right? I had no idea there are blue moths.


    Comment by kateri — July 20, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

    • It’s actually a butterfly in the Gossamer – wing family, subfamily “Blues”.


      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

  2. Looks like velvet.


    Comment by Bo — July 20, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

  3. Oh wow!! I adore Blue Butterflies! I would LOVE to see them in person – and then to capture them in a click would be AMAZING!! Great job!

    And thanks for that great comment on my blog! LOVED it!!


    Comment by Stacey — July 20, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

    • There a lot of these (I think a whole new hatch) right next to the lake and some were calm enough to pose a little. Sometimes they do, often they do not. I fell in love with the blue long ago.

      I really liked that image on your blog today. It was so fitting!


      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

  4. Yes, so pretty! I’ve not seen a blue butterfly here. I love his two-toned antennae!


    Comment by Candace — July 20, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

    • I don’t know the distribution of these little guys or whether they could withstand the heat down there. They seem to be more common here in the higher and cooler elevations.


      Comment by montucky — July 21, 2009 @ 9:23 am

  5. Wow Montucky – these are wonderful photos and a beautiful, beautiful butterfly.


    Comment by connie — July 20, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

  6. You got that right, Terry. Beautiful butterfly captured beautifully. Nicely done!


    Comment by edvatza — July 21, 2009 @ 4:30 am

    • Thanks Ed. I’ve enjoyed these every summer for many years.


      Comment by montucky — July 21, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  7. oh my goodness. how in the world did you get it to pose for you for that length of time. it’s usually 2 seconds or you’ve lost it. everything about these photos is perfection!


    Comment by kcjewel — July 21, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

    • Thanks, Jewel!

      If a butterfly appears to be interested in a particular spot, it’s often approachable. They seem to consider motion (especially quick motion) to be a threat but not form and so can usually be approached in a very slow manner. Takes a lot of patience, but it can be rewarding.


      Comment by montucky — July 21, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

  8. Sigh. Dreamy.


    Comment by Patia — July 21, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  9. Way too capture this little guy Terry, the color is amazing in it, I am trying to get butterflies but not having much luck yet !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 21, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

    • These little guys are certainly colorful and fairly common here: I love the shade of blue! It seems that when butterflies are on the move, they’re impossible to photograph, but when feeding or, as this one was, getting moisture from some wet sand, they are more approachable.


      Comment by montucky — July 21, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

  10. “Birds and Blooms Magazine” call them “Flying Flowers.” Butterflies are as beautiful as the flowers you have been presenting for us to see. 😀


    Comment by Iona — July 21, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

    • They are every bit as beautiful, Iona! One of the most pleasant parts of our world.


      Comment by montucky — July 22, 2009 @ 6:26 am

  11. I like the color/texture contrast between the butterfly and the rocks. It’s probably time for you to collect your photographs into a nice coffee-table style book. I’m serious about this!



    Comment by knightofswords — July 22, 2009 @ 8:41 am

    • I like the contrast too: there is a lot of symbolism there. Thanks for the kind thoughts, but I think my photos cover a geographic area that’s much too small to be of much general interest.

      I was pleased recently to have Earthjustice use some of them in a promotion they have going for roadless areas though! Roadless Now


      Comment by montucky — July 22, 2009 @ 8:23 pm

  12. What a beautiful blue butterfly! I love that shade of iridescent blue. Did this butterfly pose for you and enjoy getting its picture taken? Great captures. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — July 22, 2009 @ 10:30 am

    • It didn’t sit long, but enough to get a few shots. This is probably my favorite butterfly.


      Comment by montucky — July 22, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

  13. A beautiful buttefly. I love the velvety blue and silver.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 22, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

    • They are velvety. Wen the wings are together, the camouflage is incredible; when open they are like a flag. Interesting.


      Comment by montucky — July 22, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

  14. I much prefer this to the rattler! 🙂

    I was even scared when we got to close to the cows at a cabin where we stayed!!


    Comment by silken — August 2, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

    • I thought you would, Silken. And I feel very ill at ease in a city.


      Comment by montucky — August 2, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

  15. I mean too close


    Comment by silken — August 2, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

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