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Big Sky country also had sufficient land mass to host an incredible two hundred butterfly species. That’s quit a large number for a northern state. The picture shows a Mourning Cloak, the official state butterfly.
The following list contains butterfly pictures and descriptions of some additional representative species.
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Butterflies: Whites and Yellows
Many states in the north, including Montana, have a balanced diversity of butterfly species in the family Pieridae. They are easy to initially identify by their mostly white or yellow wings.
The picture shows a Becker’s White. Here’s a list of the rest of the white butterflies and yellow butterflies documented in the state.
Queen Alexandra’s Sulphur
Blues, Hairtreaks and Coppers
Montana’s large geographical area, coupled with its diverse habitats makes it a great place for the Gossamer Wing butterflies. Blues, hairstreaks and coppers abound. All tourists, especially those in the area for fly fishing need do little more than look at the grass and brush that surround the streams they visit and they will easily find a handful of different species.
The picture shows a Ruddy Copper butterfly.
Western Square-dotted Blue
Rocky Mountain Dotted-Blue
Western Green Hairstreak
Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak
Western Pine Elfin
Brush Footed Butterflies
With close to two dozen fritillary species and Wood Nymph/Satyr species, Montana is the place to go for these Brush Foots. The Fritillary species will be the most difficult to identify.
Tourists would be advised to snap as many side view and top view of the same Fritillary so that they can have time at home learning to identify them. Fortunately, they are abundant in most areas in the summer months, and they perch on flowers and branches, making them good photographic subjects. The picture shows a Western Meadow Fritillary.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Great Basin Fritillary
arthemis White Admiral
Astyanax’ Red-spotted Purple
West Coast Lady
Great Basin Wood-Nymph
- Clodius Parnassian
- Rocky Mountain Parnassian
- Old World Swallowtail
- Black Swallowtail
- Anise Swallowtail
- Indra Swallowtail
- Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Western Tiger Swallowtail
- Pale Swallowtail
- Two-tailed Swallowtail
Montana host one Metalmark species, the Mormon Metalmark.
Butterfly identification usually begins with color. So, the butterfly section is split into nine different categories based on wing color and/or the butterfly family to help all visitors and members easily categorize and document their butterfly pictures.