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08-08-2016, 05:15 PM   #271
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[quote=ramseybuckeye;3735231]A Zebra Swallowtail in the distance



That top photo looks like a Tiger Swallowtail. Given your location, and assuming it was shot recently, it would be the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

Compare:

http://www.ontariobutterflies.ca/families/Papilionidae/eastern-tiger-swallowtail

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http://www.ontariobutterflies.ca/families/Papilionidae/zebra-swallowtail

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That top photo looks like a Tiger Swallowtail. Given your location, and assuming it was shot recently, it would be the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

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Thank Rick, my mistake, corrected now.
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Taken on a gravel bar on a recent float trip.



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Hi, folks. Just thought I would pass along the link to a very useful and relatively new website devoted to the butterflies of the Americas:

Welcome to Butterflies of America!

It has both pinned specimens and live photos (if available) on the ID page which helps a lot.

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Somebody had spread a bait of some sort (fruit juice maybe?) on the trail and it was attracting clusters of Clouded Sulphurs and Northern Crescents.





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QuoteOriginally posted by jacamar Quote
Somebody had spread a bait of some sort (fruit juice maybe?) on the trail and it was attracting clusters of Clouded Sulphurs and Northern Crescents.
Or an animal may have urinated there. Butterflies cluster at spots like this to get moisture and/or minerals ( and other trace nutrients ). This behavior is referred to as "puddling". It's hard to know what's special about a particular spot where they've decided to congregate. It may be a spot where minerals and other nutrients are naturally concentrating. Or maybe someone deliberately put something there to bait them. Or maybe an animal got run over in that spot ( yes, I've seen this ).

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QuoteOriginally posted by arkav Quote
Or an animal may have urinated there. Butterflies cluster at spots like this to get moisture and/or minerals ( and other trace nutrients ). This behavior is referred to as "puddling". It's hard to know what's special about a particular spot where they've decided to congregate. It may be a spot where minerals and other nutrients are naturally concentrating. Or maybe someone deliberately put something there to bait them. Or maybe an animal got run over in that spot ( yes, I've seen this ).

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I considered whether an animal had urinated there but the butterflies were gathering over several square yards. Also it was opposite a park bench so I thought it might have been deliberate. Yesterday was a hot, dry day and there didn't seem to be any moisture present, thought the insects were obviously finding something.
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Somebody had spread a bait of some sort (fruit juice maybe?) on the trail and it was attracting clusters of Clouded Sulphurs and Northern Crescents.
Excellent photos! I've seen this on a tree where sap is running, but more often in mud.

I took a walk this morning through a "prairie" area and this cabbage white was about the only butterfly I saw, must have been too early.
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Excellent photos! I've seen this on a tree where sap is running, but more often in mud.
Thanks. Cabbage White seem to be outnumbering everything else here as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arkav Quote
Or an animal may have urinated there. Butterflies cluster at spots like this to get moisture and/or minerals ( and other trace nutrients ). This behavior is referred to as "puddling". It's hard to know what's special about a particular spot where they've decided to congregate. It may be a spot where minerals and other nutrients are naturally concentrating. Or maybe someone deliberately put something there to bait them. Or maybe an animal got run over in that spot ( yes, I've seen this ).

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That is indeed true, and something that happens often in Kruger Park, especially with elephant dung.

Spotted this one today


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Without macro lens

... I found this one. It's always the same: if you are on your way with a superzoom lens you will find subjects where a dedicated macro lens would be preferred.


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This is xposted. Another example of one taken without a macro lens.

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