Montana Outdoors

October 4, 2010

Butterfly of fall

Filed under: Butterflies — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 9:52 pm

Variegated FritillaryVariegated Fritillary, Euptoieta claudia

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary



  1. Amazing shots! I don’t know if we have this variety of Fritillary here. It’s just beautiful and great to be able to see in these life-size images!


    Comment by Cait — October 5, 2010 @ 4:50 am

    • It is a very pretty butterfly, isn’t it, and it seems to be one of the late summer ones too.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  2. WOW! What a pleasant surprise these beauties are! The colors and detail are amazing. Love the bokeh of photo #2. I hope we see much more macros from you.


    Comment by Robin — October 5, 2010 @ 6:54 am

    • This little guy visited our house and liked that plant enough to stay around. I couldn’t really get close enough for a shot with a macro lens though: these were shot with a 70-300mm VR lens at 300mm.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

  3. Terry – that top one is so gorgeous I think you should print it and frame it!! Love those colors!

    PS: Thank you for the wishes for my mom yesterday – she loved them!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — October 5, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    • The butterfly chose a really nice background, didn’t he!

      I hope your Mom had a great birthday, Stacey!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

  4. These are beautiful photos with the complimentary colors of the flowers to the butterfly! They would make awesome wall hangings!


    Comment by Barbara — October 5, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    • Thanks, Barbara! I hope to have a few photos printed this winter, and perhaps one of this series with them.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

  5. Beautiful captures. They really are autumn colored, aren’t they?

    Hey, Montucky – I’m traveling and surrounded by mountains right now — so beautiful! I do love the mountain states.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — October 5, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    • I’ve been following your trip Bo. The Yellowstone shot today was just spectacular! I hope you have a great time!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

  6. This is a bit different from our silver bordered fritillary. What a good shot it makes with the flowers in the background. It is perfect for fall.


    Comment by sandy — October 5, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    • It is definitely a fall shot. When I saw the little guy’s interest in the marigolds I knew I had to get the camera.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

  7. Wow! Amazing butterfly and captures! Goes well with those marigolds. Bright and colorful. Gorgeous!


    Comment by Anna — October 5, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

    • It was one of those “wow, he stayed around” times. Don’t you just love those!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

  8. These shots (especially the first) are wonderful. Way to go!


    Comment by Jeff Lynch — October 5, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

  9. your photos are perfect! the second one looks like a “welcome wreath”! makes me think again of your work on a calendar, marking the change of each season.


    Comment by silken — October 6, 2010 @ 8:04 am

  10. Hi Montucky, What nice pictures of that gorgeous Butterfly! Really nicely done! Fall is here for sure! Have a super good day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 6, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    • Thank you wildlifewatcher! It is a pretty little thing, isn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

  11. An autumn butterfly for some autumn flowers. Love this, Terry.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — October 6, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

  12. They’re all beautiful shots, I can’t even pick a favorite and the fall colors are perfect. You need to make some fall cards out of these. Gorgeous!


    Comment by Candace — October 6, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

    • Thanks Candace. It was interesting to see that butterfly in fall colors just sticking to the fall-colored flowers.


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

  13. This is beautiful, Terry!

    Something that might be of interest to you on my blog at present, by the way.


    Comment by Val Erde — October 7, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    • Thanks Val! I did check out Chris’ blog and you are right there: it is a really good one! I sense we have quite a bit in common as far as the outdoors.


      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

  14. oh wow… these just scream fall… beautiful fall!!!


    Comment by kcjewel — October 7, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    • These colors do fit in with fall, but in general our fall colors haven’t really shown up yet. Just a few patchy areas. I’m hoping for much more!


      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

  15. I am speechless. Great photos, really amazing.


    Comment by sartenada — October 7, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

    • That little butterfly just stayed around and I appreciated the change to photograph him! Usually I try to use a macro lens on them but this time there was no chance for that and so I used a zoom. I was happy at how they turned out anyway.


      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

  16. Wow, these are so beautiful. Perfect background for the butterfly. So cool that he hung around long enough for some perfect photos.


    Comment by kateri — October 9, 2010 @ 4:00 am

    • He really liked that plant! It’s one of the very few flowers that are still in bloom.


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2010 @ 9:22 am

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