Montana Outdoors

April 18, 2010

Busy airport

After no activity for over six months, suddenly the airport became crowded.

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma


  1. A very busy airport, indeed! That must have been a delight to watch!


    Comment by kateri — April 18, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

    • It was! And some little Blues kept flying around but they wouldn’t land. There were also a couple Cabbage Whites who also stayed aloft.


      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

  2. How does one come upon something like this? I certainly never have. Jackpot, wow!


    Comment by Candace — April 18, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

    • They were congregating on a moist spot on a Forest Service road just a few miles off the highway. There is a small stream in the canyon and some wildflowers in bloom on the hillsides. It seems to be a social gathering place for them. I’ve seen it many times before.


      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

  3. Such pretty butterflies all in the same place. Lovely.


    Comment by Glennis — April 18, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

    • There were dozens, and while the individuals I’ve seen flitting around are quite wild, these let me approach quite close (~ one foot) for the photos.


      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

  4. Airport?

    Nice photos from butterflies and from so many. I still have to wait to see them here.

    In Europe airports are not busy at this moment, nearly all are closed.


    Comment by sartenada — April 18, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

    • I’ve been following the volcanic ash issue there. What a mess!


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  5. makes for a nice layover! too bad we didn’t have such a pleasant experience in moscow! 🙂


    Comment by silken — April 19, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    • Yes, and I bet there were lots of folks in Europe who wished their airport looked like this one!


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

  6. Lovely butterflies and they reminded me of a type of moth I’ve seen. I really like the colors and shape of their wings. How neat to see so many congregated in one place!


    Comment by Anna Surface — April 19, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    • When their wings are folded, they have excellent camouflage. These are very common here and usually the earliest out in the spring.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

  7. Now that’s an airport I wouldn’t mind visiting – or even spending time at!! Love that top image! Whoo hoo for butterfly’s!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — April 19, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    • I have seen even larger gatherings too, and that activity goes on throughout the summer, especially along small, fairly open streams.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

  8. Another new one, and wow, I have never seen so many butterflies together. I just looked it up, and laughed to see that the west has a comma, and the east a question mark.


    Comment by sandy — April 19, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

    • Several years ago I found a huge gathering of these while fishing a stream just west of here, but I can’t find the photos.

      I wonder if there’s any significance to the comma and the question mark. Actually, off the top of my head, I’d have thought it the other way around! That’s funny!


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

  9. I guess they no need radar or a control tower or air traffic controllers.


    Comment by knightofswords — April 20, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    • Nope, they need none of that. They have what we’ve pretty much discarded: common sense and good judgement.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

  10. Very busy place, indeed!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — April 20, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    • I guess when you live only in summer, there’s lots to do in little time!


      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

  11. That’s funny. Great imagination.


    Comment by Preston — April 25, 2010 @ 6:09 am

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