Montana Outdoors

May 21, 2013

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Filed under: Butterflies — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:58 pm

Variable Checkerspot

Variable Checkerspot

Variable Checkerspot

Variable Checkerspot, Euphydryas chalcedona

Common in western North America from Alaska to Baja California and from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

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  1. Beautiful, clear photos of a spectacular design. I can even see the dots in his eyes.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 21, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    • Isn’t that design something? I always look at them with wonder.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

  2. Great shots of a wonderfully marked butterfly.

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    Comment by Grampy — May 21, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    • Thank you! I had just returned to the trail head after a hike and noticed many different species of butterflies around. When I saw this one though I just had to try for a picture. It was patient enough to let me get a shot with a macro lens. (Seems like I never have a preferred lens with me.)

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

  3. Your photos of the Checkerspot are absolutely stunning, well done.

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    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — May 21, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

  4. Stunning shot.
    The Checkerspot is a beautifully marked butterfly.

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    Comment by Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) — May 22, 2013 @ 12:18 am

  5. Our city (suburb of Ft. Lauderdale) is called butterfly capital of the world. There is even an attraction called Butterrfly World net us. I guess I’d have to go there to see this particular one as I’ve not noticed it around the neighborhood and from your description I guess I won’t. 😊Lovely photos.

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    Comment by Debby — May 22, 2013 @ 3:54 am

    • I would guess they are there all year, right? We seem to have lots of butterflies this year, probably because of a mild winter.

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

  6. It’s a beauty. We seem to be having a butterfly drought here-I didn’t see many last year at all.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — May 22, 2013 @ 4:16 am

    • I think they wintered well this year here. I see lots of them around now.

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

  7. Flowers and butterflies … if they aren’t proof of some divine “hand” I don’t know what would be

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — May 22, 2013 @ 6:29 am

    • I agree, Teresa! They almost seem to be here purely for the sake of beauty… and whimsy.

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

  8. Beautiful! Your blogs are like a breath of fresh air on a morning ramble. Thanks for sharing.

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    Comment by Elizabeth — May 22, 2013 @ 7:02 am

  9. I swear – every single millimeter of a butterfly seems to be decorated. Look at those antennae! I don’t think I’ve seen this one before, and your photo shows it off beautifully.

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 22, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    • This one has a very elaborate costume. I wonder what all of it means. Stripes on the antennae…

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

  10. Super photos of a remarkable creature!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — May 22, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    • Thanks David. Quite an elaborate little thing isn’t it.

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  11. Awesome! I think we should call her ‘Dottie.’ 😉

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — May 22, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    • That would be a good name! I will remember that now each time I see one.

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

  12. Awesome b-fly! I’ve never seen one of those, I’d love to. Those eye spots really are remarkable.

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    Comment by Candace — May 22, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    • There seemed to be a convention of many varieties of checkerspots there. This was the largest and I thought the prettiest. Also had the most patience.

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

  13. They have quite a range…from Alaska to Baja, California…somewhere, unbeknownst to us, is a butterfly highway….. Very nice images, Terry…great detail.

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    Comment by seekraz — May 23, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    • They have spread north and south a long ways, but from what I have been able to tell the individuals of this species don’t migrate, only moving a few miles in their lifetimes.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

  14. What a beauty… I’ve never seen them!

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    Comment by FeyGirl — May 23, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    • For some reason they are only on the west coast, although they exist in some vastly different climate zones.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

  15. You never know what you’ll encounter when you venture outdoors! Beautiful captures, Terry.

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    Comment by twoscamps — May 23, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

  16. Checkerspot’s photo was great surprise. What a beauty which is not here.

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    Comment by Sartenada — May 23, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

    • I have not seen many of these either. It was a pleasure to see!

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      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

  17. so lovely ~

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    Comment by Tammie — May 24, 2013 @ 11:30 am

  18. Beautiful little butterfly! I can’t tell how big this butterfly is, but the first two photos remind of of a skipper butterfly, but the skippers I see here are usually one color, like a light brown.

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    Comment by Fergiemoto — May 25, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    • This one is perhaps twice the size of the usual skipper.

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      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  19. beautifully beautiful indeed

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    Comment by attiyaawan — May 26, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

  20. What an awesome lil beauty! Great captures =)

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    Comment by Tricia — May 27, 2013 @ 2:00 pm


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