CLOSED: What kind of flutter-by is this?

Elizabethton (Stoney, TN(Zone 6b)

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

Thumbnail by GrannyLois

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)

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)

GrannyLois, very nice picture! I believe they are Tiger Swallowtails, which are very prolific around here in the summer.

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

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)

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

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