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Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardening: New to butterflies

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gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 19, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9310040

I just this year began to actively encourage butterflies in my garden. Learning a lot about what plants and flowers I can sacrifice to these beauties. I was thrilled to be able to capture this photo; seems as long as I don't have a camera in hand I see them everywhere. Pick up a camera they seem to disappear!

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2012
4:54 AM

Post #9310330

Welcome to a new passion! Looks like you are off to a good start with the Gulf Fritilaries. I look forward to seeing you posting more pictures.
sheila
gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 22, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #9312530

Saw this one for the first time today. I can find no description in the quide I am using. Anybody have any ideas?

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pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

October 28, 2012
7:45 PM

Post #9318502

I don't know anything about butterflies of the East, let alone the South. However, it looks like a Comma - so it must be in that family.
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

October 29, 2012
6:53 PM

Post #9319618

think it is a comma,
C_A_Ivy
Barling, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 3, 2012
4:04 PM

Post #9323834

Looks like a Question Mark to me. It has four dark spots across the bottom of the upper forewing whereas Commas have only 3 spots. Also Question Marks have more pronounced tails. This one is mineralizing (taking in salts) which is common to males for reproduction. Loves sap and rotting fruit. Known to get intoxicated from nectaring fermenting fruit.
Regardless, this is a beautiful butterfly.

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2012
8:38 AM

Post #9324323

Well, I was going to say Question Mark - but I was afraid gessieviolet might think I was being sarcastic. Answering a Question with a Question Mark sounds grammatically wrong.
gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

November 9, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9328828

LOL! Yes, as someone totally new to this, I had no idea there actually is a Question Mark butterfly.

Have to admit I was wondering if my leg was being pulled when Comma was suggested.

Glad I am learning to look things up on the net to verify ids.

Thanks for all the help, this is indeed fascinating.
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

November 19, 2012
7:45 PM

Post #9337629

funny names for some of these butterflies..lol

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