Pine White, female (Neophasia menapia) — If you’ve spent any time outside over the past few weeks, chances are you’ve noticed lots of white butterflies on the wing. You’re likely seeing pine whites. These graceful flyers can be found sipping nectar from a variety of flowers as well as fluttering in a swarm toward the tops of ponderosa pines and douglas fir trees. Eggs are laid in mid to late summer (on pine needles) and overwinter. They hatch in the spring with the caterpillars feeding upon the pine needles. The females have darker / thicker veining on the hind wing with some orange spots and coloration on the edges of the wings. Photos by Glenn Marangelo on 8/6/17 in Missoula, MT.