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Old Aug 26, 2015, 9:24 PM   #1
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It's been a warm, wet summer here in the East Tennessee hills - perfect weather for butterflies. And I have been fortunate to have some opportunities to snap a few shots at several of them.

Here's a "flock" of Tiger Swallowtails on an old Forest Service road in Shelton Laurel. Males of many butterfly species have this "puddling" behavior - licking up salts from puddles, etc.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 9:25 PM   #2
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For example, here's a Pipevine Swallowtail getting some minerals from Fox droppings over at Rocky Fork.
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And a whole crowd of Pipevine Swallowtails at the same scat pile.
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Here's a Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar, also at Rocky Fork. He's just about finished eating all the leaves off of a small dutchman's pipevine. The toxic vine gives the caterpillars (and adults) great protection from predators.
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Here's one of the many mimics of Pipevine Swallowtail - the Spicebush Swallowtail. Not at all toxic, but gets some protection from predation because of the similarity in appearance.
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Here's another butterfly getting minerals - a Hackberry Emperor licking gravel.
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The best way to find a Tawny Emperor is to hike on a hot day. They are drawn to sweat, and will land right on your hands or face. I got this one to pose by wiping some sweat onto a leaf!
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Here's the same butterfly with some fill flash. A bit sharper, but I like the look of the natural light better. Which do you prefer?
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Our East Tennessee butterflies don't ONLY visit puddles and scat. Here's another Tiger Swallowtail enjoying Joe Pye Weed nectar…
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A Silvery Checkerspot feeding at Daisy Fleabane…
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