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Old Sep 25, 2015, 5:01 PM   #1
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Default Lots of Autumn Butterflies

It's been a great start to the autumnal butterfly season here in East Tennessee, and here are a few samples...

Butterflyweed is a native milkweed that blooms well into the autumn. Here are several shots of Black Swallowtails enjoying the abundant nectar. (Can you spot the Monarch caterpillar hiding in one of the shots?)
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Old Sep 25, 2015, 5:02 PM   #2
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This Black Swallowtail seems to prefer Red Clover nectar.
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Here's a Monarch also working the Butterflyweed. You can tell it's a male by the black patches mid-vein on the hindwings.
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One more butterfly in the butterflyweed - a Variegated Fritillary. That butterflyweed sure is a lepidopteran magnet!!
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The fritillary's cousin - a Meadow Fritillary - is working the small white Asters.
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This Orange Sulphur appears to prefer Ironweed nectar.
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And this crowd of Hackberry Emperors are feasting on sap oozing from a Silverbell tree.
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Here's a Eastern Comma enjoying some autumn sunshine.
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When their wings are folded, you can see why they're called commas!
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And it's pretty easy to see why this tiny butterfly is called the Eastern Tailed Blue. Those "tails" (fake antennas) and eyespots make predators aim for the wrong end of the butterfly!
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