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

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  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.

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

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

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      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.

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    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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!

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

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

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    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.

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      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!

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    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.

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      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.

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    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.

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      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!

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    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.

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      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…

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    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.

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

  11. Wow love these pics 🙂

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

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

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    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!

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

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

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


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