Montana Outdoors

August 14, 2016

Pretty little visitor ~ August

Filed under: Butterflies — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 9:31 am

This pretty little creature found a sanctuary during the night from the wildfire smoke that now fills the skies of western Montana.

Bedstraw hawkmoth

Bedstraw hawkmoth ~ Hyles gallii

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  1. Beautiful photo. So clear and detailed. Sorry to hear that Montana is still smoky. Hope they get those fires out soon.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 14, 2016 @ 9:37 am

    • We have actually been lucky so far with the fires. The closest one is at about 1400 acres and it is burning in very rough country. I think the idea is to contain it and let it burn out because direct attack on it is just about impossible due to the terrain. The estimated containment date is the end of October, so they probably plan to let the first snows complete the job. So far the smoke hasn’t been too bad at my place.

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      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2016 @ 10:07 am

      • I always feel sorry for all the animals that are killed in fires. They can’t all outrun it.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 14, 2016 @ 10:13 am

        • I doubt that this particular fire has had much effect on wildlife. It hasn’t been a continuous thorough-burning fire, rather, small areas burning within a large perimeter with lots of space between. It’s probably more beneficial to the forest, getting rid of some downed timber and dead trees and brush in an area that has needed fire for decades.

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          Comment by montucky — August 14, 2016 @ 10:39 am

  2. The hawkmoth is beautiful — and so furry. As for the fires, I’ve begun to learn just a bit about the processes that are involved in controlled burns, and it’s fascinating. For example, in some places, a year before a burn is planned, they mow, to encourage the kind of growth that will burn well. It’s only been in the past few years that I’ve gotten my mind around the fact that some burns are beneficial.

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    Comment by shoreacres — August 14, 2016 @ 11:10 am

    • Fire has its place in a natural forest and has been a part of it tor thousands of years. After seeing so many of them I am convinced that, for many reasons, controlled burns are beneficial for bureaucratic and political purposes only and not for the forests. The biggest problem with wildland fires (other than that over half of them are human caused) is that they impact houses and development that should never been established where they are in the first place.

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      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

      • Hmmm… I don’t know about forests. You may be right about that. But for the prairies (which I was thinking of) I don’t think there’s any question they’re beneficial.

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        Comment by shoreacres — August 14, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

        • I know little about prairies, but I tend to agree with you. Fire has been a natural part of them too and the Indians used it beneficially as well for thousands of years before those of us with the arrogance to think that we can control Nature arrived on the scene.

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          Comment by montucky — August 14, 2016 @ 5:40 pm

  3. Beautiful! Just reading your comments, and am reassured slightly about the effects on the wildlife and the trees. Of course in one sense, these fires have been happening before humans even walked the earth, and it is just us thinking that we have to take charge of nature. But I shall still be glad to hear they have gone out!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — August 14, 2016 @ 2:26 pm

    • The attitude that has developed of “managing” our natural forests is, I think, completely absurd. We would be much better off in managing our relationship with the forests and not developing so much land that is clearly in harm’s way. It is impossible to control nature’s events, but it should clearly be possible to control human behavior.

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      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

  4. Your hawkmoth is most certainly beautiful. And I’m sorry about the fires there. I hope they ease quickly.

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    Comment by Val — August 14, 2016 @ 2:41 pm

    • So far the fires in this area have not been damaging to people’s structures and lives and most have actually been beneficial. It has been due to luck however, not proper management of anything at all.

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      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2016 @ 5:32 pm

  5. That’s a pretty one! I don’t think I’ve ever seen it.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — August 14, 2016 @ 3:05 pm

    • I don’t remember seeing this particular moth before either. It certainly is a pretty little fellow!

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      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

  6. What a beauty (and your photo is excellent, so sharp).

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    Comment by Vicki — August 14, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

    • Thanks Vicki. I saw it settle into that spot last evening and instead of disturbing it by trying to get a photo with flash, decided to wait for daylight to get a photo. It stayed this morning for several more hours, then went on about whatever business that species has, hopefully with success.

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      Comment by montucky — August 14, 2016 @ 5:36 pm

      • Good idea. I hate my camera flash.

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        Comment by Vicki — August 15, 2016 @ 1:07 am

        • I use my camera flash quite a bit because I take a lot of photos in deep shade and usually cannot use a tripod. I use the flash to lighten up close-ups of wildflowers which grow in dark places mostly and use a flash compensation level of about -1.7 so I get just a little light.

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          Comment by montucky — August 15, 2016 @ 11:08 am

          • Have you considered purchasing an LED ring light, Terry? It’s light and easy to carry, although I admit i use mine more for food photography (than the flower photography I bought it for). I like the fact that you can switch if from using half the ring light to full ring light. I’ve sometimes used the half ring when I want to light a particular side. I daresay you might find more important things to fill your backpack hiking in the wild though.

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            Comment by Vicki — August 15, 2016 @ 4:52 pm

            • I’ve thought about that, but I try to keep the photography gear to a minimum when out hiking. So far I’ve been pretty happy using the flash when necessary.

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              Comment by montucky — August 17, 2016 @ 10:08 am

  7. Very beautiful. I feel sorry for the wildfire.

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    Comment by Sartenada — August 15, 2016 @ 4:09 am

    • Fortunately, this wildfire is more beneficial than harmful. That are has long needed a fire to clean things up.

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      Comment by montucky — August 15, 2016 @ 11:02 am

  8. oh dear, I did not even know about the smoke situation. So far we have been safe from it.
    Wishing you clear skies. Such a lovely critter!

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    Comment by Tammie — August 19, 2016 @ 2:12 pm

    • At least it hasn’t been as bad as in some years. The prevailing winds here have taken most of the smoke away from where I live. Overall it has been a mild fire season so far around here.

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      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2016 @ 4:33 pm

  9. Beautiful. I think that is the kind that some people often refer to as “hummingbird moths” or at least one of the species. I hope he keeps seeking solace at your garden during the fires.

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    Comment by Candace — August 20, 2016 @ 6:21 pm

    • I haven’t seen this one fly, but I have seen hummingbird moths feeding here only at night and haven’t been able to photograph them. This seems to be the season for moths and I have seen several species active for the last week or two. Interestingly, lately I have had only a few hummingbirds at my feeders, nothing like the activity a month ago.

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      Comment by montucky — August 20, 2016 @ 6:27 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Yes, it is a pretty little visitor. I don’t think I have ever seen one. Thanks for sharing. Have a super good coming week!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — August 21, 2016 @ 9:09 pm

  11. The Copper King fire is a big one now. I guess my cabin is still there. Hopefully, it doesn’t make it over to your house. I check on it twice a day.

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    Comment by Dave — August 25, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

    • I haven’t hear any information of the cabins in the area of yours. I hope for the best. My house appears to be safe. Thanks for your concern!

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      Comment by montucky — August 26, 2016 @ 9:45 pm


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