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Old Jul 17, 2016, 8:53 PM   #1
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Default Milkweed is a butterfly magnet!

East Tennessee is home to more than half a dozen milkweed species. Each is an excellent nectar source for many insects, as well as a food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. This has been an especially good year for our commonest milkweed species, called Common Milkweed! In our Tennessee State Parks, we work hard to provide rich and varied habitat, including habitat for our native butterflies. This also gives us (park staff and park visitors) many opportunities to enjoy butterfly watching.

First, here's a photo of a Monarch laying eggs on common milkweed flower buds.
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Now a few snapshots of Tiger Swallowtail butterflies enjoying common milkweed nectar.
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Here's a Great Spangled Fritillary nectaring at common milkweed, and resting on an old gate nearby.
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Here's one that's not a butterfly, but rather a diurnal moth. Snowberry Clearwings hover like hummingbirds as they sip milkweed nectar.
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Will end with a few shots of our Tennessee State Butterfly. Zebra Swallowtail caterpillars eat Paw Paw leaves, and the adults love milkweed nectar. This milkweed patch is right near a paw paw patch - perfect habitat for the Zebras!
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Hope you enjoyed the quick glimpse of this butterfly habitat, and that it will encourage you to grow native species for the butterflies. Thanks for any comments & critique!
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These are excellent butterfly photographs, most of them with creamy bokeh that highlight the shape and colors of the butterflies and milkweed. The crispness of the milkweed shots and the Snowberry Clearwings really is impressive. Thanks for sharing!
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And thanks for your kind words!!
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Again great closeups Mole, I learn more with each of your posts
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