Tag Archives: RMNP Butterflies

A Red Admiral Butterfly On Fern Lake Road In Rocky Mountain National Park!


I have loved photographing butterflies this past summer! I’ve seen so many that I’ve never seen before and gotten some interesting photographs.

I was hiking down the Fern Lake Road after a hike when I saw this Red Admiral Butterfly flitting around. I followed it until it landed on this aspen. Every time I got too close it would camouflage its wings so it was hard to get that “perfect” photo op! I thought this one was ok…you can see what kind of butterfly it is and some of its beautiful colors of black red and white. It is nestled right against the aspen where the elk have mangled it, so it may be a bit hard to see.

According to my butterfly book, the Red Admiral is brownish-black above, with semicircular reddish-orange bands. Its forewings are spotted white. It lives in meadows and woodland edges (which is where I saw it) and is usually around from May to August but sometimes stays a bit into the fall.

Pretty butterfly, don’t you think?

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Gorgeous Black And White Weidemeyer’s Admiral Butterfly At Lily Lake In RMNP


I was at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park the other day waiting for a beautiful Red Admiral butterfly to open its wings so I could get a good photograph of it. When, along flew this gorgeous black and white Weidemeyer’s Admiral butterfly and landed on the rock right next to it. How lucky is that?

This Weidemeyer’s Admiral butterfly was very accommodating with his wings open the entire time.

Gorgeous, isn’t it? Can you see the little red spots near the bottom edge?

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Beautiful Orange Fritillary Butterfly in Rocky Mountain National Park


The butterflies in Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park have been so pretty this summer.

This Fritillary butterfly is orange and about 2 and 1/8″ with short black lines and spots. It is feeding on a Western Wallflower.

Love the beady eyes, don’t you?

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Gorgeous Yellow And Black Western Tiger Swallowtail On Fern Lake Trail In RMNP


This Western Tiger Swallowtail was posing for us on the Fern Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

It is one of the larger butterflies at 3 1/2″ and is yellow with black tiger stripes. I love the blue and orange spots near its tail.

Gorgeous, isn’t he?

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Pretty Orange, White and Black Painted Lady Butterfly In Estes Park And RMNP


I have seen so many Painted Lady butterflies in the past week in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park! I didn’t know that they arrived back here so soon in May.

I took this photograph along Fall River Road. You can see its full colors in the first photograph. In the second one, it has camouflaged itself as i got closer.

Pretty, don’t you think? Have you seen a Painted Lady yet this season?


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