Montana Outdoors

August 13, 2011

Pine White

Filed under: Butterflies — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:07 pm

Along toward the end of summer these butterflies appear. I always look forward to them!

Pine White Butterfly

Pine White Butterfly

Pine White ~ Neophasia menapia


  1. she is very pretty. I’ve never seen one and looked it up to see if their range includes Michigan, and it looks like it doesn’t.


    Comment by kateri — August 14, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    • Yes, they seem to be just in the west for some reason.


      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  2. A new one to me! I see why you like them. Thanks for scaling it against the chicory.


    Comment by sandy — August 14, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    • They don’t appear as white in the photos as they do in person for some reason, and I don’t know why they appear so late in summer.


      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

  3. Well, I love flutterbys, esp in Montana! =)


    Comment by Tricia — August 14, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    • I like them too. Haven’t been able to photograph many this summer though.


      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

  4. Beautiful. What a nice combination with the purple and yellow.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — August 14, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    • They are seen most often with the purple flowers of late summer. Nice contrasts!


      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

  5. What stunning captures of this exquisitely sweet butterfly. Excellent!


    Comment by Marcie — August 14, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    • I’m surprised the photos turned out at all. They were taken at nearly eight o’clock in a canyon where the sun sets at about three. I didn’t have my close-up lens and used on-camera flash with an 18-135mm lens. Somehow they worked!


      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

  6. Very pretty! It’s been a while since I’ve seen butterflies around here.


    Comment by thedailyclick — August 14, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    • The butterflies seemed to appear late here this year, but they are doing well at the moment. Their time is short though. We are only about a month away from our first snow.


      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  7. Hi Montucky, I like these pictures of that Butterfly a lot! Great lighting and mood. Have a super evening and a great day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — August 14, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    • I always look forward to this species and was very happy to see them the other evening. Now I’d like to see one on a Pearly Everlasting blossom, but they haven’t bloomed yet.


      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

  8. Butterflies there in Montana! Good. I’ve not seen them here in several weeks. I do have monarchs coming through. You took the picture at 8:00 p.m.? Good technique to get the photo.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — August 14, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    • These have just begun to show up and they are out in abundance, especially along an old road that I often walk upon in the evening. Must have been a very large hatch there.

      We do not get Monarchs here though: wish we did, but there are many other species.


      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

  9. Lovely b’fly! We don’t have that variety this far east. . . Thanks for the photo!


    Comment by Paula Tohline Calhoun — August 14, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    • Yes, this is a western only species whose life is attached to the conifers.


      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

  10. How pretty! You wrote words that are music to my Arizona ear, “toward the end of summer.” Of course, that probably doesn’t apply here anyway and it’s probably a sad time for you…


    Comment by Candace — August 14, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    • It’s a little sad Candace, but after a rainless and very hot July and August, by September we are looking forward to the first snowfall and an end to summer.


      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

  11. Wow love these pics 🙂


    Comment by Hanny — August 15, 2011 @ 12:11 am

  12. Gorgeous captures… I’ll hope for some sightings of this butterfly myself soon! 🙂


    Comment by Victoria — August 16, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    • These should be still around when you get up here. You will probably see them on the Pearly Everlasting! And if you’re very lucky, get a photo of one on an Indian Paintbrush!


      Comment by Montucky — August 16, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

  13. Is this the Pine Butterfly that causes harm to pine trees around here?


    Comment by Kim — August 17, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

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