The Wild Columbine flashes an array of color against the rocky slopes of high mountain meadows. This plant is ruled by the air elementals. Perhaps you can feel its floating quality, almost as if it is suspended in space. Emerging from the plant is the Milbert’s Tortoiseshell, a butterfly that makes its home in mountain meadows as well. The larvae, or caterpillar stage, remain in clusters until fully grown and ready to form the pupa.