Sunday, 26 October 2014

Beartooth Wilderness Insects

As the season has started to slow down I have had a bit of time to ID all those butterflies and bees that I photographed while in the Beartooth Wilderness this past August.  At that time of year, the alpine meadows were carpeted with wildflowers, and were full of pollinating insects.  I only managed to photograph a handful, but here they are.  The photos are not great, but they were enough to get positive identifications in most cases!  Always so exciting to go to new places, because the wildlife is often completely new!

Arctic Blue- a tiny species that ranges from Canada south to the US in the Rocky Mountains
Relict Fritillary- took a while to ID this guy with the bites out of it's wings and the many different fritillary species out west
Pink-edged Sulphur as far as I can tell!
Theano Alpine, a bad picture of a really neat species that outside of Alaska, northern BC and the Yukon is only found in a few places in the US.  I chased this one down a mountainside for this crappy shot!
Common Checkered Skipper
Juba Skipper.  This one was on top of Bald Knob at 11,000ft!
Mariposa Copper
Painted Lady
As far as I could tell this is a Pearl Crescent, nothing else seemed to match!
Horrible shot of a Western White in the crevice of this rock, taking shelter from the winds at 11,000ft
Bombus balteatus- one of two bumble bee species identified in the Beartooths
Bombus frigidus

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