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Old Jun 10, 2011, 10:16 PM   #1
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It's been an amazingly warm and sunny start to the summer vacation season here in East Tennessee. Been quite busy helping park visitors, but still some time to explore the bright delights of the season.
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Tiger Lilies are not native to our region, but have "gone wild" in many of the sunny damp meadows.
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The same habitat is also home to our most common native milkweed, called Common Milkweed (an appropriate name!) It is a wonderful butterfly magnet!

Here is a Zebra Swallowtail enjoying milkweed nectar:
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Here is a little Grey Hairstreak also working the abundant milkweed:
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A Great Spangled Fritillary very intent on Milkweed...
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a Duskywing or two (not sure which species) attracted to milkweed...
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And a Monarch Butterfly at the milkweed as well. Their caterpillars need milkweed leaves for food, and the adults seem to especially enjoy milkweed nectar.
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This summer-like weather has also been great for dragonflies. We've seen a lot of Slaty Skimmers out sunning in the damp green places...
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And plenty of Common WhiteTails out too (this one is a female, only the male has the white "tail.")
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Clubtails don't spend much time sunning - they usually perch low in the meadows. One of these has just caught a snack!
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