Montana Outdoors

July 23, 2013

…and the livin’ is easy…

Filed under: Butterflies, Summer — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:09 pm

Butterflies and thistle

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  1. I hope you’re really close to these because they otherwise are the size of sparrows. 🙂

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — July 23, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    • They were very patient and let me get really close. The photo is about 5 times their actual size. This species seems to tolerate my presence more than most others do.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

  2. Oh, wow. That is gorgeous. I love it when you capture the fuzziness of butterflies and flowers..

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — July 23, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    • This was near the trail head today. I was a little tired after hiking several miles and once I left the canyon the heat was becoming oppressive. The grasses were chin tall and I was looking forward to getting to the Jeep. Then these little guys showed up almost right in my face and it was a new ball game! That thistle must have some wonderful nectar to keep the butterflies just riveted to it! Or they are extraordinarily patient. And it was a lucky shot.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

  3. Rich colors. Flying things take a lot of patience and luck … congrats.
    When they are fuzzy are they moths? I know the hummingbird moths I have been trying to get a good picture of are very fuzzy like these.

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    Comment by bearyweather — July 23, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    • The easiest distinction between moths and butterflies is that all butterflies have simple antennae that end in a swelling or “club”. Moth antennae vary in size and form but they all lack the “club” tip.

      I really love the hummingbird moths, but I’ve seen only one this year.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

  4. Beautiful!!

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    Comment by zannyro — July 23, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, Beautiful shot of the moths on that thistle flower. Have a wonderful Wednesday tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 23, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

  6. Oh my to be a butterfly…

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    Comment by Roberta — July 23, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

  7. I didn’t know that about the club-like tip on the antennae. Now I’ll know. So these are butterflies? Even though they look like moths.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 23, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    • I still want to think that there is a more definitive difference than that but I guess it’s accurate. I haven’t been able to identify these without a look at the tops of their wings, but I think they are in the category of “skippers”.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

      • They look very furry.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 23, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

        • They are. So many butterflies have that kind of fur. I have no idea why they have what we would think of as such warm insulation. I’ve read that moths have even more fur than butterflies.

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          Comment by montucky — July 23, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

  8. I think these are Skippers, aren’t they? They can be hard to photograph because they move so fast but you got a twofer! I didn’t know that about the club either, good to know.

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    Comment by Candace — July 23, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    • Yes, I’m pretty sure they are skippers, but I spent some time trying to ID the species with no luck. Right now they are very abundant here at the edges of the forest.
      Yes, they do move fast. I got lucky with this shot because I anticipated the one on the left landing where he did.

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

  9. Wow…such crisp detail, Terry…very nice!

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    Comment by seekraz — July 23, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

  10. Very nice. I took a couple of shots of butterflies today, but I haven’t even looked at them yet.

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    Comment by jomegat — July 23, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    • I uploaded today’s photos right away because I got some fairly good shots of Indian Pipes and wanted to see how they turned out. They are the only ones I’ve seen this year.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

  11. They look perfectly happy to laze a bit, before they spread their wings and take to the sky. Such a beautiful, detailed shot. Just lovely.

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 23, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    • They seemed to fit that, one of my favorite songs. Ella sure did it justice! I first heard it in one of the coffee houses in San Diego (El Cajon actually) in the early 60’s. (The Upper Cellar).

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

  12. I’ve got a shot of one of those but haven’t been able to ID it. I think it’s some kind of skipper.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — July 24, 2013 @ 4:16 am

    • I think it is too, but we need an open wing shot to be able to tell which one.

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      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

  13. Beautiful. There are so many pollinators at work right now providing a never ending window of wonder if we just take the time to watch. Thanks for taking the time and for sharing with us.

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    Comment by anniespickns — July 24, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    • Yes, there is a lot of activity going on out there now. Soon the night sounds will be starting here. I love that time too!

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      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

  14. Gorgeous color in this photo! And crystal clear sharpness.

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    Comment by Sue — July 24, 2013 @ 11:45 am

  15. Nice pic! There has been a bumper crop of those thistles here this year!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — July 24, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    • The thistles are doing well here too. They are already quite tall and just beginning to bloom. They also provide nice little surprises when you’re walking through very tall grass.

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      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

  16. Great close up photos ! // Maria 🙂

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    Comment by mariayarri — July 25, 2013 @ 2:54 am

  17. Awesome Terry, these came out great and I know how hard they are to shoot !!

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 25, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    • Yes, I think the main component in getting a good butterfly photo is luck!

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      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

  18. Love the colors!

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    Comment by winsomebella — July 25, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    • Those butterflies were in prime condition and the thistle had just begun to bloom. All of the colors were fresh and clean.

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

  19. Oh, the life! Just flitting here and there from one pretty flower to the next. 🙂

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 25, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    • I don’t know it they see it that way, but them seem to live in a colorful and beautiful world.

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      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

  20. All I have to say is WOW!!!

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    Comment by WildBill — July 25, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

  21. Eternal search for food. Awesome macro. I really do like it!

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 25, 2013 @ 11:20 pm

    • They sure do have a nice dining room, don’t they, and a very simple life, although a short one.

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      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

  22. We could say you went out there and won one for the skipper.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — July 27, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    • I’d be pleased to win one for those skippers! They are so pretty and they are out in great numbers right now.

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      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2013 @ 10:39 pm


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