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Old Nov 2, 2016, 9:32 PM   #11
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…and a Cloudless Sulphur at Holston Mountain.
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Old Nov 2, 2016, 9:33 PM   #12
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Hot humid early autumn days are best for finding Hackberry Emperors. These butterflies don't go for nectar, they prefer our sweat!
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Old Nov 2, 2016, 9:34 PM   #13
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Butterflyweed nectar is very attractive to this butterflies that do enjoy nectar. Butterflyweed also blooms later in the season than most other milkweed species. Here's a Gray Hairstreak enjoying butterflyweed…
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Old Nov 2, 2016, 9:36 PM   #14
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A skipper (not sure which species) also working the butteflyweed…
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Old Nov 2, 2016, 9:37 PM   #15
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And an Eastern Tailed Blue, also working the butterflyweed blooms.
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Here are some more Eastern Tailed Blue shots. You can see the little "tails" that mimic antennas at the "wrong end" of these tiny butterflies - to direct predator attacks to the wrong end of the butterfly! Can you see anything else at that "wrong end?" Note that these were feeding on some Mink droppings!
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Here's a Variegated Fritillary nectaring at butterflyweed.
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Old Nov 2, 2016, 9:40 PM   #18
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And another Variegated Fritillary working some late-season white asters.
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This tiny Checkered Skipper was also enjoying the asters. There are several species of Checkered Skipper, but it's impossible to tell them apart without microscopic examination!
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Just in case you are already tired of butterflies, how about a just-emerged Cicada? This one was coming out about a month later than usual - perhaps the very dry season made the ground harder?
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