Montana Outdoors

June 18, 2011

High ridge butterfly

Filed under: Butterflies, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:14 pm

Last fall while hunting not far from here my son and I caught just a glimpse of a very large mule deer buck. Now that he is growing his new set of antlers we thought that perhaps we might be able to find the ones he shed in about January and so we hiked up to the high ridge where he makes his home. No luck finding the antlers, but just being on that steep and beautiful ridge that is covered with tall grass and flowers was worth all of the effort it took to get up there; and this butterfly was making it his home too:

High ridge butterfly

Johnson’s Hairstreak ~ Callophrys johnsoni

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28 Comments »

  1. A little beauty!

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    Comment by mitambien — June 18, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    • I think it’s very pretty. In searching for its identity, I found on a Canadian website that it is very rare throughout its range, and endangered in British Columbia.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  2. I think it’s very pretty. In searching for its identity, I found on a Canadian website that it is very rare throughout its range, and endangered in British Columbia.

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    Comment by montucky — June 18, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  3. What a beautiful photograph. It’s as though the butterfly has fur, once you really see it. I love how we are looking for one thing and end up finding another, even more interesting or beautiful or meaningful. Mule deer and butterflies sharing that ridge they both call home, what a lovely thing to witness.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 19, 2011 @ 5:06 am

    • That is a lovely ridge even though it is a heck of a climb to get up to it. We also walked up very close to a blue grouse and there were elk beds in numerous places along the ridge and adjacent mountainsides. There are no trails there except the ones made by elk and deer and no human activity at all.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 9:48 am

  4. What a cool and perky little butterfly. Awesome capture.

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    Comment by Anna — June 19, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    • It is very well adapted to and colored for that kind of environment.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  5. Exquisite detail. More butterfly pictures, please?

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    Comment by Kim — June 19, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    • I’ve had a hard time getting good butterfly shots so far this year, but I’m sure there will be more opportunities, especially when the back country really opens up. I love butterflies!

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 10:06 am

  6. Seeing each and every hair on this butterfly’s wing is astounding. The contrast between the bronze butterfly and the bright yellow flower is equally astounding. Wonderful photograph. Thank you.

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    Comment by Wild_Bill — June 19, 2011 @ 6:32 am

    • It was very patient, letting me get close enough for a photo; a very nice reward for getting into the back country.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 9:52 am

  7. He is furry… and look at the zebra striped “antlers”… prettier than any mule deer antlers anyway! πŸ™‚

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    Comment by kcjewel — June 19, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    • They are very interesting little creatures when you can get a good close look at them. I’ve had difficulty so far this year getting them to pose for me.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  8. One of my favorite subjects πŸ™‚

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    Comment by thedailyclick — June 19, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    • I read that this species needs old growth forest for its survival. The good news is that there is still old growth forest around. I would think that in that environment it would also be protected from many of the hazards of more approachable locations.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  9. Hi Montucky, What a great picture! I like that you have showed the butterfly with such clarity. A beautiful butterfly and a pretty flower, too! Have the best Father’s Day!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 19, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    • Thank you wildlifewatcher! I hope you’re having a good day too!

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

  10. This is a brand new butterfly for me, and isn’t it rich looking? Too bad you couldn’t find the antlers, but I know you enjoyed to day, just the same.

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    Comment by sandy — June 19, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    • It is new to me too. I think it has a very limited range on the west coast. As far as I can tell this might be the first sighting as far east as Montana.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  11. Great macro, you can see it sucking the nectar! Wow. Pretty guy or girl.

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    Comment by Candace — June 19, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    • I think it’s pretty too. Looks like a robust little thing.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

  12. Simply beautiful!!!

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    Comment by Marcie — June 19, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

  13. So pretty!

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    Comment by Amber — June 19, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

  14. What a lovely butterfly!

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    Comment by kateri — June 19, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    • It is more plain than most butterflies, but I like the colors and it will blend in well in the forest. I read that they spend a lot of time in the tree canopy.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

  15. Thicket hairstreak

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    Comment by Anonymous — July 4, 2012 @ 12:22 am


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