Montana Outdoors

June 17, 2013

Butterfly and moth

Variable Checkerspot

Variable Checkerspot, Euphydryas chalcedona anicia

Ceanothus silkmoth

Ceanothus silkmoth, Hyalophora euryalus


  1. Wonderful designs on these guys.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 17, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    • I keep wondering from where that artwork comes. There seems to be no end to the beautiful designs.


      Comment by montucky — June 17, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

  2. Perfect shot..what a gorgeous butterfly. Hope you and yours have a fabulous summer!

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    Comment by staceysdawn — June 17, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

  3. Lovely photos ! I admire the richness of details that you captured ! // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — June 18, 2013 @ 12:38 am

    • Thanks Maria. They are beautiful little creatures and the lens lets us see them clearly.


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

  4. Gorgeous photos! They were very cooperative for you!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 18, 2013 @ 12:58 am

    • Thanks Jo. Yes, they were very cooperative for a change. The moth was visiting in one of our flower beds and the butterfly was interested in the daisy beside one of my favorite trout streams.


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

  5. Fantastic detail captured in these 2 shots.
    Nature makes such beautiful designs on butterflies & moths.


    Comment by victoriaaphotographyictoria — June 18, 2013 @ 1:09 am

    • Yes, the designs and colors are wonderful and seemingly endless.


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

  6. Nice shots! I’ve never heard of the variable checkerspot. It’s a pretty butterfly. The plant that the moth is on doesn’t look at all familiar either.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 18, 2013 @ 4:21 am

    • I’m finding out that the variable checkerspot is just that. The species has all kinds of variety on its colors. The moth is on a domestic flower stalk; a tiger lily.


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

  7. These are just great — so sharp and close-up!


    Comment by Sue — June 18, 2013 @ 7:59 am

  8. These are amazingly sharp photos of two really colorful creatures! Super finds!


    Comment by dhphotosite — June 18, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    • I am always in awe of their colors and patterns. The butterfly seemed to have very bright colors and distinct patterns. The moth’s wardrobe reminded me of something ancient royalty would wear.


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

  9. Great compositions. I love how the colors contrast in the first image.


    Comment by mikemcmurray — June 18, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    • Thank you Mike. That butterfly was so bright in color that it immediately caught my eye.


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

  10. I’ve never taken the time to read a comparison of butterflies and moths. I’d spotted one – the feathery antennae of the moth and the clubs at the end of the butterflies. And your butterfly’s typical, holding its wings erect instead of flat. Always exceptions, of course, but it was fun to see how a few little clues can help in identification.


    Comment by shoreacres — June 18, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    • I’ve never quite understood why they are classified differently, and I see lately that many of the distinctions are quite blurred. They are certainly beautiful creatures though no matter what the classification.


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  11. Great closeups, I especially like the first. I haven’t seen that kind of b-fly.


    Comment by Candace — June 18, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

    • I think the species is fairly common, at least in this region, but that individual seemed very bright and its pattern very distinct.


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

  12. Lovely photos. What a great joy to see wonders of Yours every time.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

  13. Superb pictures Terry, especially your variable checkerspot.


    Comment by Finn Holding — July 29, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

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