Callophrys augustinus “Brown Elfin” Lycaenidae

Glacier National Park, MT
June 20, 2014
Robert Niese

This is a pretty common butterfly here in Montana. You can easily recognize them by their Lycaenid shape and dull metallic-y brown color. These guys don’t have tails like the hairstreaks, but sometimes have a tail-like lobe on their hindwings.

Glaucopsyche lygdamus “Silvery Blue” Lycaenidae

Glacier National Park, MT
June 21, 2014
Robert Niese

As with many members of the Lycaenidae family (blues, coppers, and hairstreaks), the caterpillars of this species are tended by ants which provide the vulnerable larvae with protection in exchange for sugary “honeydew” which the caterpillars excrete from their backs. Check it out.

Calypso bulbosa “Calypso Orchid” or “Pink Fairy Slipper” Orchidaceae

Glacier National Park, MT
June 22, 2014
Robert Niese

The Calypso Orchid has an amazingly broad circumboreal distribution. From Japan to Mongolia, Scandinavia to Newfoundland, New Mexico to Alaska Рthis single species can be found in nearly every montane coniferous forest in the Northern Hemisphere. In spite of this C. bulbosa is considered endangered in Sweden, Finland, and several U.S. states due to its extreme sensitivity to even the slightest human disturbances.