Montana Outdoors

June 9, 2010

American Vetch… and visitor

Filed under: Butterflies, Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , , — montucky @ 11:22 pm

It is always worth while to spend time by the river because there’s almost always something beautiful there and today’s visit was no exception.

American VetchAmerican Vetch, Vicia americana, Pea family

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  1. Absolutely beautiful photo! I just found and added you on Flickr.

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    Comment by suzannetakesyouup — June 10, 2010 @ 12:16 am

  2. This fella has such a cute face! I usually try to avoid looking at the body of any insect, and with butterflies I enjoy only their colourful wings. But this one makes me almost want to stroke him.

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    Comment by VioletSky — June 10, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    • They do look “petable” with that fine fur and the big eyes.

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      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  3. a magical picture. almost like he is ready for a ride! a very majestic portrait what w/ his pose and the purple of the flower

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    Comment by silken — June 10, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    • He does look as though he is posing. It was a bit windy and I’ve found that wind will keep them almost anchored once they land.

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      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

  4. That photo turned out beautifully. Love the fuzz on the wing edges.

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    Comment by kateri — June 10, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    • I like those wing edges too. I wonder what the purpose of that is.

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      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  5. love the vetch color,… and the lacy moth enjoying a rest there makes the pic perfect!

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    Comment by Cedar — June 10, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    • The Vetch looks as though they were tie-dyed and I think the shades of color are attractive. That petal must be a comfortable place to sit.

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      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

  6. I like the visitor, and the photograph, but that Vetch is my headache here! I just spent a good portion of the morning pulling Vetch out of my backyard at the shoreline. It is very pretty but quite invasive!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 10, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    • I’ve read that Vetch can be a big headache, but I’ve never seen that much of it around here, mostly a few plants scattered around.

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      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  7. It looks so good against the dark background. That is a good shot of what I know is a tiny butterfly.

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    Comment by sandy — June 10, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    • Yes he’s pretty small. It was very lucy that he stayed put so long and let me get that close (about 6 inches).

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      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

  8. Oh my goodness – is that not gorgeous? Fabulous!

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 10, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    • There’s a lot of pretty stuff around if you happen to get there at the right time! I tend to create a certain amount of luck by just being outdoors so much of the time.

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      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

  9. Beautiful! I think I need a river to walk along.

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    Comment by Candace — June 10, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

    • I remember how the rivers in Arizona were so much in demand because of their scarcity and since then I’ve never taken one for granted. I’m really lucky here because the Clark Fork is a short walk from the house. You would love it!

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      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

  10. A very handsome fella this is. Almost looks like you did a selective color enhancement.

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    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — June 11, 2010 @ 11:21 am

  11. How beautiful and soft! Great contrasts and colors… lovely little critter. 🙂

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    Comment by Anna — June 12, 2010 @ 7:36 am

  12. Tenderness sitting on Tenderness

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    Comment by Sumedh Prasad — June 17, 2010 @ 3:22 pm


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