Montana Outdoors

August 26, 2009

Pine White butterfly

Pine White butterfly

Pine White butterfly
Neophasia menapia

This photo was taken today on a hike with some folks from American Wildlands on Munson Creek in the TeePee/Spring Creek roadless area here in western Montana. Because of where it lives, this pretty little thing will not become a decoration on the radiator of someone’s motor vehicle.

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  1. Wow…it’s blue! Lovely, too!

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    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — August 26, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

    • It does have a slight blue cast to it. I love the whites!

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  2. That’s a beautiful butterfly and he goes so nicely with those flowers. You must get more exercise than just about anyone.

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    Comment by Candace — August 26, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

    • Those asters are about all that’s still blooming for them, but there are plenty left.

      At my age, Candace, I need to stay active or I’d become a stump. It’s so good to be able to get into the outdoors!

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2009 @ 8:07 am

  3. The butterfly looks great as do the flowers. And I really like the placement in the frame.

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    Comment by edvatza — August 27, 2009 @ 4:37 am

    • Thanks Ed. This little fellow wasn’t all that patient and it was on a very steep side hill, so there weren’t a lot of options, but I was pleased to get what I did!

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2009 @ 8:08 am

  4. The butterfly looks great as do the flowers. And I really like the placement in the frame.
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

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    Comment by edvatza — August 27, 2009 @ 4:49 am

  5. Goodness, I miss butterflies.

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    Comment by burstmode — August 27, 2009 @ 7:07 am

    • I know what you mean, burstmode. I’m always thrilled to see them in the spring and sad when they retire for the winter. They always brighten the landscape.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2009 @ 8:09 am

  6. After reading the name, I thought for sure you had found him in your pine logs while chopping them into firewood. 🙂 Its SO cute & fuzzy…is that big green thing on the side of its head, its eye?

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    Comment by Melissa — August 27, 2009 @ 7:21 am

  7. Oh Montucky – this is beautiful. I’ve been away in Scotland for the past 3 weeks and will be popping up some photos – put one up tonight of the thistle.

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    Comment by connie — August 27, 2009 @ 7:27 am

    • Glad you’re back, Connie. I’ll be by to visit later this evening!

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2009 @ 8:14 am

  8. Gosh this is sooooooo beautiful!!! I love the soft powder blue butterfly (even though it is called Pine White)in the gorgeous purple wildflowers. Amazing shot, so crisp and clear. 🙂

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    Comment by Anna Surface — August 27, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

    • Thanks Anna. These little things are so delicate and pretty and it’s such fun when you can get a decent shot of one.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

  9. She looks like a delicate shade of powder blue. What a lovely lady!

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    Comment by Cedar — August 27, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

    • I find the blue tint interesting because I hadn’t noticed it until I saw what the camera did. Beautiful little furry creature though!

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

  10. How I love butterflies! This is a wonderful photo. There is so much beauty in this world – the American Wildlands folks appreciate this I’m sure.

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    Comment by Maureen — August 27, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

    • We had a good hike, Maureen. A wildlife biologist from the local Ranger District joined us also and we all enjoyed the hike as well as sharing thoughts and information.

      You’re right, there is so much beauty in this world and sadly not all that many people get to see a lot of it. I hope the photos help, but they’re still not the same as the first-hand experience.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

  11. Looks more blueish to me. The color is absolutely gorgeous!

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — August 27, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

    • I like the bluish tint too, and they seem such cheerful little creatures.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

  12. gorgeous!

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    Comment by silken — August 27, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

    • Yes, in my book it’s hard to beat wildflowers and butterflies!

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

  13. This is my new favorite. I wish I had a nickel for everytime I told you that.

    Perhaps this appeals to me because they’re colors that I can see!

    Great shot!

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    Comment by Pinhole — August 28, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

    • That’s great, Pinhole! Isn’t it a cute little thing?

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      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  14. Beautiful photo!

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    Comment by Adam R. Paul — August 28, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

  15. You don’t need my comments. They are getting like a broken record. Fantastic shot. Love the lavender color (my favorite) and the “Flying Flower” is beautiful too. The green with the background bokeh really makes things pop. So, what were the Wildlands folks doing there? Mapping things out?

    Is that pile of Lodgepole getting any smaller yet?

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    Comment by Iona — August 28, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

    • The main purpose of the hike was to get an idea of the area as a wildlife corridor between the Cabinet Mountains and the Coeur d’Alenes, possible even to the Bitterroots. I’ve thought for some time that Munson Creek was a major route.

      I sawed about a ton and a half of the pile this morning into 17 inch lengths and will work tomorrow morning at the top of it. I’m having a great time!

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      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

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