Montana Outdoors

May 21, 2013


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.



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


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

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


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

  2. Great shots of a wonderfully marked butterfly.


    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.)


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

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


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

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


    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.


    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.


      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.


    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.


      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


    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.


      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.


    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.


    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…


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

  10. Super photos of a remarkable creature!


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

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


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

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


    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.


      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.


    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.


      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.


    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.


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

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


    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.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

  17. so lovely ~


    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.


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

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


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

  19. beautifully beautiful indeed


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

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


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

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