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Elizabethton (Stoney, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 1, 2001
1:11 AM

Post #4314

Took this today at the park. Rarely do you see a bunch of butterflies congregated together. Does anyone know what kind they are?

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May 1, 2001
1:25 AM

Post #71935

Granny, are you having fun with your new camera? You've joined that elite crowd of folks with digital cameras. :)

I'm going to go ahead and move this over to the identification forum so we can get these identified.

Milo, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 1, 2001
1:57 AM

Post #71942

GrannyLois: I think they are Yellow Swallowtail Butterflies. Very nice picture, looks like your becoming a pro. I am thinking of getting a digital camera, then I can join in on the fun, too.
Northern Piedmont, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 1, 2001
3:09 AM

Post #71949

GrannyLois, very nice picture! I believe they are Tiger Swallowtails, which are very prolific around here in the summer.
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)

May 1, 2001
11:55 AM

Post #71964

That's an awesome picture! When they gather like that it's called "puddling". They congregate like that around the edges of puddles or where water accumulates regularly. They get sodium and other nutrients from the ground
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2001
12:29 PM

Post #71969

Great photo! How neat to see them clustered together like that :) Love it!

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