Butterflies on..... Granum igneus

ladobeDecember 15, 2010

Parnassius phoebus maximus

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Something tells me yours will be the only picture in this series, Larry! :)
Beautiful and unusual butterfly!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2010 at 9:05AM
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Cool Ladobe!
I think Sherry's right.
Were you traveling when you took that photo?

    Bookmark   December 15, 2010 at 9:12AM
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LOL... I was hoping somebody would try to figure out what Granum igneus was before looking at the picture. Nobody else does Latin here I guess. The Parnassinae of the world were my number one specialty for about 3 of the 4 decades I actively did lepidoptera, so I did travel extensively for them.

I can't remember exactly where I took this picture for sure, but it would have been either at 9,500'- 11,000' on the Wyoming portion of the Bear Tooth Plateau, or at over 11,500' feet on the Hell Roaring Plateau in Montana near there. My family and I camped that area (mostly at 10,000' or higher) for three alpine summers (about 6 weeks) determining, rearing and photographing all of the arctic/alpine lepidopteran species of that area. Our species/subspeices count for the three years was 170 or 171.


    Bookmark   December 15, 2010 at 11:39PM
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bob_71(z7 MD)

Larry, I thought the translation on this one was pretty evident...igneous rock/granite=granite rock.


    Bookmark   December 16, 2010 at 9:29AM
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    Bookmark   December 16, 2010 at 12:11PM
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Well, granum igneus is pretty loose Latin!

The rock pictured above is certainly granitic in origin, but is likely a gneiss or even a schist, as the Montana locations are composed of some very old rocks.

(My rock collection resides just below my insect collection)

Up here the parnassians are a welcome contrast from the abundance of fritillaries in the mountains.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2010 at 11:58PM
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It was a joke Larry, not a taxonomic dissertation. The good folks here are most likely not geologists or mineralologists.

Rockhounding and lapidary, gem, mineral and fossil collecting as well as mine and cave spelunking took up a fair part of my free time from my youth for 30 odd years as well. Still have some of my fossils, mineral and gem specimens and three large trunk sections of petrified wood that take two to three men on steroids to pick up. LOL

    Bookmark   December 17, 2010 at 5:16PM
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The humor of using binomial Latin nomenclature for a rock was not lost on me.

Your photo is a good example that insects and rocks both have their metamorphic stages, although on quite a different time scale!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2010 at 11:30PM
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