Montana Outdoors

June 30, 2012

Six-spotted Forester

Filed under: Butterflies — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:02 am

Six-spotted Forester

Six-spotted Forester, Alypia langtoni

(Found in the Reservation Divide roadless area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana)

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  1. i’ve never seen one… gorgeous capture and critter! black-tie of flight!

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    Comment by FeyGirl — June 30, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    • In this area at least, black butterflies are quite uncommon and this one caught my attention immediately. It was the first I’ve seen.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  2. OOh, very nice image, and I love the little orange leg warmers. 🙂

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 30, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    • I just love the orange too. It has a very attractive color scheme going!

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  3. Beautiful and unusual!

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    Comment by Sue — June 30, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    • I agree it is a beautiful little creature! From what I’ve read about them they are not really rare at all, although their distribution is not widespread in the US. This is the first I’ve seen.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

  4. He (or she) is a real beauty!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 30, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    • Sure is! Doesn’t follow any of the usual butterfly patterns, does it!

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

  5. Isn’t it pretty! I thought that orange was pollen in the smaller shot. I have never seen one, obviously.

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    Comment by sandy — June 30, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    • I thought that was pollen too until I loaded the photos to the computer. Now I wonder of it was designed to imitate pollen and if so, why.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!

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    Comment by zannyro — June 30, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    • I think so too. There are some beautiful and amazing creatures, aren’t there!

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

  7. Wow – thought it was a spider at first! Cool!

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 30, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    • THe color caught my attention but I had to look closer to see that it was a butterfly.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  8. Holy unusually colored insects Montucky! I clicked on this post and it jumped off the screen and scooted across my desk!!! You captured another superb image!!!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — June 30, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    • Don’t you love it when you encounter something like that? I was excited that it stayed put long enough for me to get a photo, and I had to change lenses at that.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

  9. Beautiful photo! I love his orange leg-warmers!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 30, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    • I love those too. The color is such a great accent for the rest of its costume!

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

  10. Cute little guy. Is it pollen or just orange “fur”?

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    Comment by Kim — June 30, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    • At first look, I thought for sure that was pollen, but it’s fur or hair or whatever it’s called on butterflies. I’d bet thought that it is an imitation of pollen for some reason.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

      • Perhaps it escapes predation by suggesting “bee” to birds that might be inclined to eat the Forrester.

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        Comment by Kim — July 1, 2012 @ 6:26 am

        • I was thinking that too. Those orange leg warmers look very much like the pollen you see on bumble bees.

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          Comment by montucky — July 1, 2012 @ 9:12 am

  11. What a striking creature! I just was thinking – do you suppose there’s some connection between all the unusual flowers you’re seeing this year and the unusual butterflies and such? Perhaps some of these have symbiotic relationships and appear together.

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 1, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    • I don’t know. I’ll have to think about that! I know though that timing has much to do with encountering flowers and critters as well, and I’ve noticed that this year I have visited many places at a different time than in the past. I remember that the last time I visited Reservation Divide it was late July instead of the last of June; the huckleberries were ripe then and they are green now.

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      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

  12. A gorgeous moth!

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    Comment by Wild_Bill — July 1, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    • It sure is! I’m glad it was patient enough to let me get a photo!

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      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

  13. What a handsome, fuzzy, furry critter1 I’ve never seen anything like him/her. Looks like he/she is decked out for a colder climate.

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    Comment by Candace — July 1, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

    • It is cooler up there where this little one lives, probably an average of 10 to 15 degrees cooler than in the valleys. The color might just be to draw in more daytime heat.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

  14. wonderful views
    love that moth!

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    Comment by Tammie — July 2, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    • It seems appropriate that such a pretty little creature would live in such scenic surroundings.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  15. Beautiful shot. I checked from Wikipedia, easy to check thanks to the Latin name You gave that it is not here, because I have not seen anything like that.

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 5, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    • This is the first I’ve ever seen and it lives in an area that receives very few travelers.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

  16. This adorable little Six-spotted Forester Moth was just staring at me through our back door screen. I immediately ran to my computer to find out what he was. I live in Northern New Jersey at the very top – on the Delaware River. We’ve lived here ten years and never seen one before.

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    Comment by Nancy Anderson — May 21, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    • This is the only one I have ever seen and it was in a very remote location. Beautiful little thing though!

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

  17. June 28 2013.. One landed on my double glass doors. I’m in middle TN, never saw one before

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    Comment by Anonymous — June 28, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    • Beautiful little creatures, aren’t they! They seem to be spread over a large area, although not in great numbers. I haven’t yet seen another one here.

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      Comment by montucky — June 28, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

  18. My hiking buddy and I found one in Wolf Creek Canyon off the Snake River in Jackson Hole (07/21/2013). First for both of us! I managed an average image. The above is a great image and thanks for helping ID our find!

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    Comment by Franz Camenzind — July 25, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    • Thanks for the feedback, Franz. Interesting to know where you saw one! So far that’s the only one I’ve ever seen, but I haven’t been on the Reservation Divide trail this year.

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      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2013 @ 9:02 pm


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